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Woman denies murdering her husband

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 02, 2012

A WOMAN has denied murdering her fourth husband by stabbing him with a pair of dress-making scissors.

Sandra Clinch, 49, is standing trial at Truro Crown Court for the murder of her husband Alan at their home in Darite in South East Cornwall in May this year.

Clinch, the mother of three sons and two daughters by her previous relationships, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of her 48-year-old husband.

Prosecutor Paul Dunkels, QC, said that, as in her previous relationships, she and her husband, who married in 2006, argued regularly.

Clinch made a 999 call following the incident on May 13 and was said to have been hysterical saying: "I think I have just killed my husband. I threw a pair of scissors at him and he got them in the chest and it is pouring blood. Save him, save him, I think I have killed him."

Mr Clinch was flown by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital but paramedics and doctors could not save him.

Mr Dunkels said that Clinch told a police officer: "We were having a blazing row and I threw the scissors at him but didn't realise how sharp they were. Please help him, I love him very much."

Clinch explained that she had been trying to clean the house as they had friends coming for lunch and her husband had refused to help but told her to "Shut up, shut up".

Experts said it was very unlikely that throwing the scissors could have pierced a sweatshirt, a T-shirt and penetrate the chest to a depth of 12cm. Much more force would be required.

A neighbour of the Clinch family, Adrian Dennis, said that he had heard the couple arguing about once or twice a fortnight.

"It was very one-sided and would have scared me, I would not have liked to be on the end of it," he declared.

Another neighbour, Lisa Townsend, said: "In my opinion she had a temper and it would come about very quickly. Alan was a lovely man, but in the past six months he looked as if he had a lot of weight on his shoulders."

Richard Thatcher, who was due with his partner Sandra Hill to meet them for lunch, said he had known her and Alan for about 18 months through their common interest in American cars and the Route 38 Club the Clinches had formed.

He had never seen them have a cross word or an argument, commenting: "She wore the trousers, he was the placid one."

Mr Thatcher added that the Clinches had worked hard and raised thousands of pounds for charity. The trial continues.

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