Wednesday 18 October 2017

Woman stabbed husband to death before 30th wedding anniversary 'in row over unmade bed', court hears

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Zainab Boladale

A woman stabbed her husband to death after he complained about an unmade bed, days before 30th wedding anniversary.

Lesley Culley (58) fatally stabbed her husband hours after returning home from dropping off food for their anniversary celebrations at a pub.

She attacked husband, Anthony Culley (56) with "severe force" when he complained about a bed being unmade Manchester Crown Court heard.

Mrs Culley said her husband argued on the way home from the pub and was "abusive" to her over the bed being unmade when they got back.

She said she had "smacked him in the face’ in the past but declined to comment when asked if he was abusive to her on the night.

At 7.15pm on the night Mr Culley died neighbours heard an argument, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Mrs Culley had called 999 claiming her husband “collapsed bleeding from his shoulder” but she didn’t know how he had injured himself.

Upon arriving, officers heard Mrs Culley screaming from behind a door and they found Mr Culley motionless, face down in a pool of blood on the living room floor.

He had been stabbed in his chest and a wound to his forearm suggested he made an attempt to defend himself.

Mrs Culley was found curled up in a ball on a downstairs bedroom floor.

The court heard that psychiatric opinion was that she may have been in the midst of a manic episode when she attacked her hsuband.

Mr Culley had been injured on several occasions prior to being fatally stabbed on the night, the court heard.

In September 2016, he was stabbed in the shoulder which Mrs Culley’s defence barrister described as a "dress rehearsal" for the fatal incident.

Mr Culley had also suffered fractured ribs on three separate occasions, the last one just a few days before he was killed.

Defendant, John Harrison said the couple's problems began when Mrs Culley’s son Anthony suffered a life-changing injury in a car accident, nine months after his brother Stephen died in tragic circumstances.

“The domestic problems had been over a long period – years rather than months. They do appear to have changed in character, becoming progressively more violent over the course of the year preceding the fatal incident,” said Mr Harrison.

Mrs Culley admitted to manslaughter.

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