Life imprisonment for Barnsley dad who strangled wife

Chantelle Barnsdale-Quean, who was murdered in Barnsley
Chantelle Barnsdale-Quean, who was murdered in Barnsley
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A father-of-two who strangled his wife – then staged the scene to look like suicide – is to spend at least 18 years behind bars for the ‘senseless’ killing.

A Barnsley dad who strangled his wife in a ‘senseless’ killing then tried to make out she had committed suicide will spend a minimum of 18 years behind bars.

Stephen Barnsdale-Quean, aged 43, was sentenced to life imprisonment at for murdering Chantelle Barnsdale-Quean in a pre-planned attack as she lay on her bed in the couple’s flat in Darfield, Barnsley.

The father-of-two fashioned a ligature from a piece of chain bought from a DIY store, rolling pin and hair bobble and used a technique known as the Spanish windlass - which has featured in cases of suicide and murder - to tighten its grip on his wife’s neck.

A jury heard how he the former chef used a knife to inflict a series of superficial wounds designed to make it look like pensions worker Chantelle, aged 36, had attacked him before taking her own life.

They took just four hours to find Barnsdale-Quean guilty of murder and Judge Julian Goose QC sentenced him to life imprisonment at Sheffield Crown Court.

-Read The Star on Wednesday for the full report.