South Yorkshire killer’s bid to clear his name

Stephen Barnsdale-Quean, who wasn jailed for the murder of his wife Chantelle
Stephen Barnsdale-Quean, who wasn jailed for the murder of his wife Chantelle
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A killer who strangled his wife and tried to make it look like suicide had his bid to clear his name rejected by top judges.

Stephen Barnsdale-Quean, aged 44, was caged for life at Sheffield Crown Court last September after being convicted of murdering 35-year-old mum-of-two Chantelle, who had been throttled with an iron chain.

Barnsdale-Quean, of Upperwood Road, Darfield, Barnsley, claimed his wife had been prey to sudden mood swings and violent rages, and that she attacked him with a knife on the day of her death.

He claimed he was just able to call 999 before he collapsed. Barnsdale-Quean insisted his wife must have killed herself after her frenzied attack on him - but his elaborate story was rejected by the jury.

The prosecution said he had killed his wife by using the iron chain as a tourniquet while she was subdued due to medication - and injured himself with the knife.

At the Appeal Court in London, his legal team claimed the trial judge should have directed the jury to consider an alternative verdict of ‘manslaughter due to loss of control’ – but Lord Justice McCombe said no.

“The murder conviction is safe,” the judges ruled.