Man jailed for killing wife

A MAN found guilty of killing his wife was jailed today.Anthony Morley, 42, was sent to prison for 21 months at Ipswich Crown Court today after he was earlier found guilty of the manslaughter of his wife Joanne last summer.

Anthony Bond

A MAN found guilty of killing his wife was jailed today.

Anthony Morley, 42, was sent to prison for 21 months at Ipswich Crown Court today after he was earlier found guilty of the manslaughter of his wife Joanne last summer.

Sentencing Morley, Judge John Devaux said: “Joanne Morley's family know that nothing can undo the devastating effects of this incident or make good the loss that has been suffered by the family and friends of Joanne Morley.”

He added: “This was not premeditated - it was a single blow which had unforeseen consequences. A large amount of alcohol had been consumed by her but you were relatively sober at the time. Having regard to your history overall and the context of a pre-sentence report I do not find that you are a dangerous offender.”

Morley, who lived with his wife in Eagle Walk, Bury St Edmunds, had denied his wife's manslaughter last June but was found guilty after a week-long trial. During the trial the prosecution claimed that Morley had punched his wife in the neck during a row in their bedroom after a barbecue at their home.

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The blow had ruptured an artery in Mrs Morley's neck and a pathologist told the court she would have quickly lost consciousness and died.

Morley was told he would serve 21 months less 35 days which he has already served in custody and that he would not be considered for release before the half way point.

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