Man jailed for life after Stockport murder of wife over frozen chips

A husband who strangled his wife after a row about frozen chips, then dumped her dismembered body in a country park, has been jailed for life for murder.

Thomas McCann, 49, strangled Yvonne, 46, his wife of 24 연령, in the bathroom of their home in Stockport, after a row about a bag of frozen chips left out of the freezer, 맨체스터 crown court heard.

McCann then cut up the body of the mother of four, stopping to send and reply to text messages to their children, pretending their mother was still alive.

He later told police: “I killed my wife and disposed of her like garbage,” after he “lost control and could not stop”.

McCann was jailed for life on Tuesday with a minimum term of 13 years and four months before parole. He will serve no less than 12 years in prison.

Passing sentence, the judge, Alan Conrad QC, told the defendant: “Your actions after the killing amount to serious aggravating factors.

“The defence suggest a combination of self-interest and panic, but what you did makes a terrible case even more horrific and even more upsetting to those concerned.

“Yvonne McCann was a woman with a great deal to live for and a great deal to look forward to when her life was so cruelly cut short by you.”

Conrad said he had factored in information provided by McCann’s barrister in mitigation, including a psychological report that showed he had low self-esteem and difficulties expressing himself.

The judge added that he had taken into account “the evidence before me that you have always been a hard-working family man who was a good father and further that you have expressed remorse for what you did.”

Earlier Andrew Smith, prosecuting, told the court the couple met as teenagers and had been together for 32 years until McCann attacked his wife on 23 May last year, the Saturday morning of the May bank holiday weekend.

Mrs McCann had begun a relationship with another man around 2013, leading, 그는 말했다, to her husband’s jealousy, the relationship breakdown and ultimately to her murder.

Smith said: “Seemingly the trigger was some used frozen chips. During that argument it is now clear that the defendant attacked Yvonne, strangled her to death in the bathroom and thereafter he dismembered her body in the bath.”

At the same time he used his wife’s mobile phone, and his own, to send and reply to text messages from their children, saying they had had a row and his wife had walked out.

Parts of her body were discovered by dog walkers in Reddish Vale Country Park, Stockport, on the bank holiday Monday.

Police were alerted and they found two bags, then four more half a mile away in another part of the park.

McCann was later captured on video footage carrying bin bags to his car and while walking towards the country park.

Later he was seen throwing eight plastic bags into a skip at Bredbury recycling centre.

In a victim impact statement from her children, Rachel Lawson, her daughter, 말했다: “We are all really struggling with this. We love our mum very much, we also love our dad.”

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