Jury rules man killed his partner in Braintree

17 January 2019, 06:41 | Updated: 17 January 2019, 06:45

Suzanne Brown was killed by her partner

A jury has ruled that a man killed his partner in Braintree.

Jake Neate stabbed Suzanne Brown multiple times at their home in Mountbatten Court on the evening of December 15, 2017. The 33-year-old died at the scene. 

A post mortem examination found Ms Brown had suffered 173 stab wounds.

Neate was arrested at the scene and charged with murder. 

The 37-year-old was found unfit to enter a plea or to stand trial following the submission of medical reports around his mental health at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday, January 14.

However, a trial was held to determine whether or not he had killed Ms Brown. After hearing the evidence, a jury ruled yesterday (Wednesday) that they were sure that he had killed her.

Neate, who has been receiving treatment in a psychiatric hospital since her death, will be sentenced tomorrow (Friday, January 18).

The court heard he had paranoid schizophrenia and his mental health had deteriorated after he was taken off medication in October 2017 due to health issues.