Barham man admits manslaughter after solicitor wife died from gunshot wounds
PUBLISHED: 17:30 11 September 2020 | UPDATED: 17:30 11 September 2020
The husband of a solicitor who died after she was shot at their Suffolk home has admitted manslaughter.
Before Ipswich Crown Court on Friday (September 11) for a plea hearing via a prison video link was 51-year-old Peter Hartshorne-Jones.
He pleaded not guilty to murdering his 41-year-old solicitor wife Silke Hartshorne-Jones at their farmhouse in The Green, Barham, but guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.
Hartshorne-Jones was charged with murder after his wife was found shot inside their family home on the morning of Sunday, May 3.
Mrs Hartshorne-Jones was found lying on the floor upstairs inside the home, with two gunshot wounds, after police were called to the scene at 4.45am.
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She was taken to Ipswich Hospital but died a short time later at 6.42am.
A postmortem examination confirmed her death was the result of two gunshot wounds.
A provisional trial date has been set for October 26 at Ipswich Crown Court.
Friday’s hearing was adjourned to allow the prosecution to obtain its own psychiatric report on the defendant.
A further case management hearing will take place on October 15.
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