Essex Man Jailed For Killing Partner

19 January 2011, 08:40 | Updated: 19 January 2011, 09:39

A 65 year old man's been cleared of murder after stabbing his partner to death at their home in Hatfield Heath.

Ronald Edwards, from Matching Road, Ardley End, claimed he'd been provoked when he killed Sylvia Rowley-Bailey with a kitchen knife in June last year.

He has been jailed for 5 years for the 66 year old's manslaughter.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard how police had been called to their home at about 11.15am on Friday June 11, 2010 after the couple had got into an argument.

Mr Edwards had been charged with murder but the jury found him guilty of manslaughter by provocation.

Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Mark Hall, said: “Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate welcomes this conviction. Ronald Edwards repeatedly stabbed his partner Sylvia Rowley-Bailey to death during a domestic argument.

“His criminal actions that day have resulted in a tragic loss of an innocent life. My thoughts at this time are with Sylvia's family and friends.

“I would urge anyone living in fear of domestic violence to contact their local police who will be able to provide advice and support."

Holly Bailey, daughter of Mrs Rowley-Bailey, said: “I feel that the horrific and brutal killing of my mother was an unnecessary act of violence.

“He has accused her of a lot of things, but not only was she unable to defend herself in the attack, she was unable to defend herself on the witness stand.

“This devastating act has caused untold amounts of distress to all my mother’s family and friends. I am angry that it continues to do so.”