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Wife jailed for killing her husband with scissors after he refused to tidy house

Samdra Clinch: claimed it was accidentRyan Hooper and Emma Hallett London

Published 09/11/2012 | 05:00

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A WOMAN has been jailed for nine years after being found guilty of killing her fourth husband after fatally wounding him with scissors when he ignored her command to tidy the house.

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The jury dismissed her suggestion that American car enthusiast Alan Clinch's death was "a tragic accident".

Sandra Clinch was found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and not guilty of Mr Clinch's murder.

The 49-year-old was said to have flown into a rage after her "quiet" husband did not immediately stop tending to the garden and return inside their cottage in the village of Darite, Liskeard, in Cornwall to tidy up for expected lunch guests. He had apparently told her to "shut up".

Truro Crown Court heard the fatal wound was caused by dress-making scissors, which were embedded up to 4in (12cm) into Mr Clinch's chest, puncturing his heart and a lung.

The mother-of-five told police she had thrown the scissors at her husband, but later changed her account, saying he had walked into the line of fire.

Clinch had a history of violence against her former partners and children, and her eldest son told the court she would go into a "rage" when the "red mist" descended.

She had hysterically begged medics to save her 48-year-old husband but he was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital on May 13 this year.

Irish Independent

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