Man who strangled a woman to death in Sutton is sentenced

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A man who strangled his former partner to death in Sutton has been sentenced.

Stephen Fretwell, 46, of Ridge Close, was sentenced to a hospital order under the Mental Health Act at Nottingham Crown Court today (Thursday 23 November 2017).

Fretwell had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 43-year-old Kerry Gascoigne on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The court heard that on the morning of 8 February 2016 Fretwell rang his parents to tell them Kerry was dead and stated that she had: “tied something around round her neck and he couldn’t get it off.”

When his parents attended her address in Ridge Close they saw Kerry lying at the bottom of the stairs.

Believing she was dead they immediately called the police.

Upon arrival at the address officers immediately directed paramedics at the scene to her location but she was pronounced dead a short time later.

The court heard that a post-mortem examination concluded that fresh injuries on her body had been caused before her death and were not consistent with Fretwell’s initial account.

He admitted the offence of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Severn, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This is a tragic case and our thoughts and sympathies are with the family at this difficult time.”