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Oldham woman stabbed husband of 32 years to death

Lesley Culley

[A]n Oldham woman who stabbed her husband of 32 years to death has been jailed.

Lesley Culley (18/08/1958) of Unsworth Way, Oldham, has today, Tuesday 27 June 2017, been jailed for six years at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square after pleading guilty to manslaughter at an earlier hearing.

Early in the evening of Thursday 8 December 2016, Culley and her husband, Antony, left their local pub in the town centre.

Almost two-and-a-half hours after leaving the pub, police received a call from Culley reporting her husband had collapsed in their flat, after drinking in the day.

She told the call operator that he was bleeding from his chest but she didn’t know what he had hit when he fell to cause the wound.

Officers and paramedics swiftly attended to find Culley in the flat and Antony laid face down on the floor, not moving.

On examination of the scene, officers discovered a stab wound to Antony’s chest and a deep laceration consistent with a knife wound to his left forearm. He was sadly pronounced dead.

A Home Office Post Mortem examination took place and established the stab wound was delivered with severe force.

Senior Investigating Officer Terry Crompton of GMP’s Major Incident Support Unit, said: “Lesley Culley has pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of loss of control. This defence has been supported by a number of psychiatric assessments.

“Whatever the sentence today, it will not bring Antony back. This was a tragic loss of life and our thoughts are with Antony’s family.”

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