Man From St Neots Detained Indefinitely After Beheading Wife

17 March 2016, 10:23 | Updated: 17 March 2016, 10:24

A man from St Neots who beheaded his wife has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

The body of Samantha Ho was found at the couple's home in Curlew Place last August.

Samantha Ho

40 year old Timothy Allen pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

He can't be considered for release until the Secretary of State decides he's no longer a risk to the public.

In court today the judge heard about a history of mental health problems and paranoid schizophrenia after a motorcycle accident more than 10 years ago.

She called it one of the saddest cases she had ever heard, describing them as a “happy” and “loving” couple.

Detective Superintendent Richard Wall, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire major crime unit, said: "This is a tragic case where a woman lost her life and families have been torn apart.

"Nothing will bring Samantha back but I hope today's sentencing, and the conclusion of legal proceedings, will provide some comfort for Samantha's family. 

"Our deepest sympathies are with them and her friends at this difficult time."

A statement has been released by Samantha Ho's family. 

"We have put our faith in the justice system to make amends for this crime and we welcome today's result. However, no sentence can bring Samantha back.

"Samantha was a well-loved, well respected, kind-hearted young lady.

"She had a bright future ahead of her with lots of aspirations. She wanted to be a great scientist, have time to travel the world, realise her dreams and spend more time with family.

"However, on that fateful day, August 29, 2015, Samantha was tragically taken away from us. That day was a day where a part of us died."