KILLED FOR NOT CLEAN­ING UP Court hears wife stabbed hubby with scis­sors af­ter row over mess

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By PATRICK GYSIN

A WOMAN stabbed her hus­band to death with a pair of scis­sors – be­cause he wouldn’t help her TIDY UP, a court heard.

Mum-of-five San­dra Clinch, 49, is ac­cused of killing hubby Alan, 48, af­ter a “blaz­ing row” – sparked by his re­fusal to help with clean­ing be­fore pals came for lunch.

He told her to “shut up” and she al­legedly lashed out – stab­bing him in the heart and lungs with a pair of red-han­dled dress­mak­ing scis­sors.

When Alan col­lapsed in a pool of blood, San­dra di­alled 999 and told an op­er­a­tor she had thrown the scis­sors at him, a court heard.

Alan was air­lifted to hospi­tal but ef­forts to save him failed and his wife – dubbed “The Hulk” by her hus­band’s rel­a­tives be­cause of her ex­plo­sive tem­per – was ar­rested.

He died from a sin­gle wound to the chest by the blades, which had been plunged three to four inches into his body, be­tween two ribs.

Ex­perts said it was “ex­tremely un­likely” that thrown blades would pen­e­trate his cloth­ing – a rugby shirt over a T-shirt – be­fore em­bed­ding them­selves deep into his chest.

Pros­e­cu­tor Paul Dunkels QC told Truro Crown Court that weapons ex­perts say the force used and depth of the wound meant the vic­tim was stabbed. He said: “The blades of the scis­sors pen­e­trated 10 to 12 cen­time­tres into his chest, es­sen­tially up to the smooth pivot.”

He said tests throw­ing scis­sors at a lump of pork made Clinch’s tes­ti­mony “un­likely”.

The court heard the at­tack hap­pened on May 13 at the cou­ple’s home in Darite, near Liskeard, Corn­wall.

San­dra di­alled 999 and told the op­er­a­tor: “I did pull the scis­sors out but I didn’t re­alise I’d got him – we were hav­ing an ar­gu­ment and I picked them up and threw them.”

Clinch de­nies murder. The trial con­tin­ues.

DID you hear the joke about the three­legged dog?

It’s lame! FATAL ROW: San­dra and hubby Alan had a bust up be­fore his death

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