A husband faces life in jail after being convicted of murdering his wife by strangling her with a homemade ligature.
Stephen Barnsdale-Quean used a rolling pin to tighten a metal chain around the neck of wife Chantelle – the mother of his two young daughters – until she was dead on their bed,
The 42-year-old claimed Chantelle ‘frenziedly’ attacked him out of the blue with a kitchen knife and then suggested she took her own life.
However, jurors at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday found him guilty of murder after three-and-a-half hours of deliberation.
There were gasps of ‘yes’ from family members in the public gallery as the jury foreman delivered the verdict.
Judge Julian Goose, adjourning sentencing until today, said he needed to consider the length of the mandatory life sentence and read victim impact statements before sentencing today .
He told Barnsdale-Quean: “You know what the sentence is going to be. The outstanding issue is how long you have to serve in prison.”
Barnsdale-Quean showed no emotion as he was led to the cells.
He had denied murdering his wife at the flat they shared on Upperwood Road, Darfield, near Barnsley on Monday, March 4.
He was arrested in an ambulance on the way to hospital.
The jury was told he had tried to make it look as if his wife had committed suicide by inflicting superficial injuries on himself and then dripping his blood over his wife’s body.
Michael Slater, prosecuting, said: “When interviewed two days later, he said she had attacked him with a knife for no apparent reason and denied any knowledge of the circumstances of her death. He suggested it may be suicide.”
The court heard Chantelle had never indicated thoughts of suicide and her husband did not mention it in police interviews.
The couple had been together for 10 years, but had run up debts and their previous home and car were repossessed.