Husband stabbed wife to death

A husband has been jailed for stabbing his wife to death during an argument. 

Stuart Gallear, of Makinson Avenue, Wigan, was sentenced to life in prison – and will serve a minimum of 17 years for murder – at Manchester Crown Court.

The 51-year-old pleaded not guilty to murder but admitted manslaughter at a previous hearing. He was found guilty of murder. 

The court heard how Gallear had returned to the family home in Hindley around 3.45pm on 6 October 2016 when he began arguing with his wife Mandy.

They were both stood in the kitchen when Gallear grabbed the 42-year-old by the neck before pulling an 8-inch knife from the side and stabbing her three times in the chest.

He immediately called emergency services and told the call handler what had happened before claiming he had “lost it”.

When officers arrived they found him kneeling over Mandy, performing CPR on her.

She was taken to hospital where she sadly died shortly after.

Detective Inspector Lewis Hughes, from Greater Manchester Police’s Major Incident Team, said: “We will never understand why Gallear decided to grab that knife and stab the mother of his children and the woman he was married to for some 20 years.

“He will now have to live with that guilt every day of his life and will face 17 years behind bars. 

“This family have suffered what can only be described as unbearable heartbreak and I cannot begin to comprehend how painful the trial would have been for them. 

“These are truly tragic circumstances and my thoughts remain with them and all those affected by this harrowing case.”

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