Jury finds husband guilty of murdering wife

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A husband has today been found guilty of murdering his wife by strangling her.

Sheffield Crown Court heard father-of-two Stephen Barnsdale-Quean, 43, tightened a metal chain around his wife Chantelle’s neck until she was dead on their bed.

Barnsdale-Quean claimed his 35-year-old wife “frenziedly” attacked him out of the blue with a kitchen knife which was still stuck in his abdomen when paramedics arrived.

But the jury was told he had tried to make it look as if his wife had committed suicide by inflicting superficial injuries on his stomach, face and arms and then dripping his own blood over his wife’s body.

Barnsdale-Quean had denied murdering his wife at the flat they shared on Upperwood Road, Darfield, near Barnsley on March 4 this year.

The jury began deliberating on Friday afternoon but reached a verdict after sitting for three-and-a-half hours in total.

Judge Julian Goose said he needed to consider the length of the mandatory life sentence and read victim impact statements before sentencing on Tuesday.

He told Barnsdale-Quean: “I will sentence you tomorrow. You know what the sentence is going to be. The outstanding issue is how long you have to serve in prison.”

See The Star tomorrow for more on this story.