Wednesday 13 December 2017

Woman accused of murdering fourth husband over refusal to tidy up had history of violence, court told

Ryan Hooper

A WOMAN accused of murdering her fourth husband with scissors after he refused to tidy up had a history of violence against her children and former partners, members of her family told a court today.

Sandra Clinch, 49, was said to have been overcome with a "red mist" which "started and stopped with the clicking of fingers" at various points during her life, with victims - including her children - being driven to flee the home.

On one occasion, she told her then-13-year-old son to lie to his school about the injuries she inflicted on him, and also left scarring to his temple when she hit him with a porcelain bowl.

Mother-of-five Clinch violently abused her former partners, as well as at least one of her children when they were just a few months old, Truro Crown Court heard.

Clinch, of Caradon Heights in Darite, Liskeard, Cornwall, denies one charge of murdering Alan Clinch, 48, on May 13.

Press Association

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