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Barham man admits manslaughter after solicitor wife died from gunshot wounds

PUBLISHED: 17:30 11 September 2020 | UPDATED: 17:30 11 September 2020

A police cordon in place at the scene of a shooting in Barham where Silke Hartshorne-Jones (inset) was shot Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A police cordon in place at the scene of a shooting in Barham where Silke Hartshorne-Jones (inset) was shot Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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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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