Man, 84, ad­mits killing his wife

Stockport Express - - Front Page - AN­DREW BARDSLEY

AMAN of 84 has pleaded guilty to killing his 86-yearold wife.

Lawrence Franks, of Frances Av­enue, Gat­ley, Stock­port, ad­mit­ted at Manch­ester Crown Court the man­slaugh­ter of Pa­tri­cia Franks.

Franks, wear­ing glasses, a blue jumper and grey trousers, spoke only to con­firm his name and en­ter his plea.

He had been ac­cused of mur­der, but pros­e­cu­tors ac­cepted a plea of man­slaugh­ter. Franks then pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter but not guilty to mur­der.

Char­lotte Cran­gle, prose­cut­ing, said that the de­ci­sion to ac­cept the plea had been taken fol­low­ing re­ports from psy­chi­a­trists, con­sul­ta­tion with the fam­ily and with re­gard to the pub­lic in­ter­est.

Vanessa Thom­son, de­fend­ing, asked that the case be ad­journed for a pre­sen­tence re­port to be drawn up.

Judge David Stock­dale QC, the Recorder of Manch­ester, ad­journed sen­tenc­ing un­til Novem­ber 22.

He said: “You have now pleaded guilty to count two on the in­dict­ment, a count of man­slaugh­ter.

“That plea of guilty had been ac­cepted by the pros­e­cu­tion.

“In my judge­ment, their de­ci­sion is en­tirely cor­rect. The case will now pro­ceed to sen­tence, but not to­day. I am ad­journ­ing that sen­tence to Novem­ber 22, at 10am.

“I or­der that a pre-sen­tence re­port be pre­pared by the pro­ba­tion ser­vice.

“You should un­der­stand that all sen­tenc­ing op­tions are open to the court.

“You will be re­manded in cus­tody un­til that hear­ing.” In a state­ment re­leased by GMP the day after Mrs Franks’ death, of­fi­cers said: “Shortly be­fore 9.40am on Sun­day 8 July 2018, po­lice re­ceived a re­port that a woman had died at an ad­dress on Frances Av­enue in Gat­ley.

“Of­fi­cers at­tended and found the body of a woman. Al­though for­mal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion is yet to take place, the body is be­lieved to be that of 86-year-old Pa­tri­cia Franks.”

GMP said the woman’s fam­ily were be­ing sup­ported by spe­cially trained of­fi­cers.

De­tec­tives and foren­sic of­fi­cers could later be seen car­ry­ing out in­ves­ti­ga­tions at the prop­erty.

●●Po­lice at the ad­dress on Frances Av­enue in Gat­ley

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