Man convicted of manslaughter after fatal shooting of his wife

A 52-year-old man has been convicted over the fatal shooting of his wife in Barham earlier this year.

Peter Hartshorne-Jones, of The Green, appeared before Ipswich Crown Court today, Thursday, October 15, where he was convicted of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility. He had pleaded guilty to this at a previous hearing on September 11.

Officers were called shortly before 4.45am on Sunday, May 3, to reports a woman had been shot within a property.

Silke Hartshorne-Jones was taken to Ipswich Hospital where she died.

A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded that Mrs Hartshorne-Jones, 41, died as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Peter Hartshorne-Jones was subsequently charged with murder.

Following his appearances at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court and Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday, May 5, he was remanded in custody.

Two consultant forensic psychiatrists assessed Peter Hartshorne-Jones in prison and had access to medical records and evidence from the investigation.

They concluded that at the time of the attack Mr Hartshorne-Jones had an abnormality of mental functioning, which provides an explanation for his conduct in killing his wife, Silke.

Hartshorne-Jones has been remanded in custody pending a sentencing hearing at Ipswich Crown Court, which is expected to take place the week commencing January 11, 2021

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