Woman strangled husband of 31 years to death with robe cord | British News

Lorraine Smith, 63, of Peterborough, strangled her husband of 31 years with a dressing gown cord

Lorraine Smith has been convicted of her husband’s murder (Image: Cambridgeshire Live/BPM MEDIA)

A woman who killed her husband with a dressing gown cord has been sentenced to a hospital order.

Lorraine Smith, 63, called police in the early hours of December 13, 2021 to inform them that her husband Andrew, 70, had died.

During the phone call, she said, ‘My husband’s body has been in the house for three days.’ I think it was me.’

Paramedics and police arrived at her home in Beauvale Gardens, Peterborough, to find Mr Smith dead.

The couple had been married for 31 years.

During a police interview, Smith described feeling confused and having “a kind of vision.”

She recalled an argument with her husband before she grabbed the cord of his robe and pulled it tightly around his neck.

Smith pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Peterborough Crown Court on May 11, alleging diminished responsibility.

On Friday, in the same court, she was sentenced to a hospital order, meaning she will be taken to the hospital, not jail.

The duration of the appointment is initially six months, but the extension is unlimited.

Detective Constable Kirsty Forth said: “This is a tragic case in which a man lost his life prematurely. I hope that now that the case is closed, his family can get on with their lives.”

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Justin Scaccy

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