Husband jailed for murdering his wife

|News, Violent crime

A man has today been jailed to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 15 years, after he was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of stabbing his wife to death at their marital home in Bromsgrove.

David Clark was married to his victim Melanie for approximately 10 years, but their relationship broke down due to his behaviour.

He was described as controlling and bullying toward both and his wife and her children from a previous relationship and she eventually asked him to leave the home which they shared.

On 31 December 2017, the couple visited some friends for a social evening for few hours before returning home. A few minutes before the New Year, the 49-year-old defendant contacted the emergency services and stated that he had stabbed his wife.

Paramedics and the police arrived at the property where they found the 44-year-old victim in the bedroom with a single stab wound to her chest. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Clark was arrested at the house and later charged with murder.

Jason Corden-Bowen, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “David Clark is violent and abusive man who would not accept the fact that his wife had called time on their relationship.

“Although he was described as controlling and manipulative he sought to blame his victim for his actions.

“He claimed Melanie provoked him into the loss of control  which led to her death, however, this was never the case.

“It was Clark’s refusal to accept that his marriage had ended that led to him losing his temper and stabbing his wife to death in their former marital bedroom and the jury clearly disregarded his spurious account.

“Although we accept that little will adequately address their loss our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Melanie Clark.”

Notes to editors

  • Jason Corden-Bowen is a District Crown Prosecutor with CPS West Midlands
  • David Clark's D.O.B. is 1/1/1969

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