A 52 year old man from Barham has been convicted for the fatal shooting of his wife earlier this year.
Peter Hartshorne-Jones, of The Green in Barham, appeared before Ipswich Crown Court today, Thursday 15th October, where he was convicted of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.
Officers were called shortly before 4.45am on Sunday 3rd May, 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, aged 41, died as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest.
Peter Hartshorne-Jones was subsequently charged with murder. Following appearances at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court and Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday 5th May, he was remanded into 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 11th January 2021.