Woman Facing Life In Prison After Smothering Husband, 81, To Death

A woman has pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Newcastle Crown Court today after she held a pillow over the face of her husband of 53 years following a disagreement about finances.

Janet Dunn, 73, pleaded guilty to manslaughter
Janet Dunn, 73, pleaded guilty to manslaughter

73-year-old Janet Dunn, of Beech Court, Ponteland, is looking at a potential life sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter at Newcastle Crown Court today. On March 15, Janet and her husband Anthony Dunn had a disagreement over finances. It was reported that Mrs Dunn then found herself holding a pillow over his face, resulting in the death of her husband of 53 years.

Dunn then fled their marital home, leaving their adult daughter to discover the body of her father and notify the police.

The following day she was arrested, and initially charged with murder. However, today, Mrs Dunn pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Northumberland police issued a statement, saying: "This has been an incredibly awful case which I'm sure will have shocked the local community, and has resulted in the death of Mr Dunn.

"Our thoughts remain with his family as they continue to come to terms with this tragic incident. This guilty plea will spare them a trial and the added stress that can bring. "We would like to thank the hard work of all the officers involved. It has been an incredibly difficult investigation but their commitment to finding justice has resulted in a detailed evidential file and a guilty plea.

"Hopefully the family can now look to move forward with their grief and find some closure with this result." Mrs Dunn has been remanded into custody and is due to be sentenced on August 25.


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