Man jailed for strangling girlfriend in sex game
A man who strangled his girlfriend by accident in a sex game gone wrong has been jailed for four years.
Daniel Lancaster (25) said Anna Banks (23) enjoyed being throttled during intercourse and he would play along with her demands to satisfy her.
He was said to have panicked when he realised she was not going to wake up after a sex session and left her body in his bed for more than 24 hours before alerting the emergency services.
A jury at Manchester Crown Court cleared him of murder this week. Lancaster, of Colne, Lancashire, had pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
The victim's body was discovered after midnight on December 22 last year when Lancaster called for an ambulance.
His barrister, Dennis Watson, described his client as "inadequate" and "naive" for not summoning up the courage to make the call earlier.
The Crown had alleged Lancaster made a prison confession to a cellmate that he had murdered Miss Banks because he suspected she was cheating on him. A post-mortem examination of the victim's body showed "well-developed" signs of asphyxia, consistent with fingers and thumbs being placed on the front of the neck.
A pathologist's report stated that pressure was applied for at least 30 seconds but was likely to have been longer.