KILLED FOR NOT CLEANING UP Court hears wife stabbed hubby with scissors after row over mess
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.
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It’s lame! FATAL ROW: Sandra and hubby Alan had a bust up before his death