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Barham man pleads guilty to manslaughter of wife




A man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his wife, who was found with gunshot wounds at their home just outside Ipswich .

Peter Hartshorne-Jones pleaded not guilty to murdering his 41-year-old wife Silke Hartshorne-Jones at their farmhouse in Barham but pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility at Ipswich Crown Court today.

A previous hearing was told Suffolk Police were called to his house, at Chestnut Farm in The Green, at 4.45am on May 3 and that Mrs Hartshorne-Jones, a corporate lawyer, was found inside the farmhouse with two gunshot wounds.

Police officers at the scene outside a farmhouse in Barham in Suffolk, where Silke Hartshorne-Jones was found with gunshot wounds. (Sam Russell/ PA) (41436089)
Police officers at the scene outside a farmhouse in Barham in Suffolk, where Silke Hartshorne-Jones was found with gunshot wounds. (Sam Russell/ PA) (41436089)

Mrs Hartshorne-Jones was taken to Ipswich Hospital, but was declared dead at 6.42am.

The post mortem confirmed her death was the result of two gunshot wounds.

Earlier this year Suffolk's senior coroner Nigel Parsley opened and adjourned the inquest into her death until the end of criminal proceedings.

A further case management hearing will be held on October 15.

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