Man appears in court in Sheffield and admits killing PCSO partner

The partner of a ‘dedicated and well-loved’ PCSO has been told he faces jail after he admitted killing her.

Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 12:18 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 12:36 pm

Edward Scott, aged 62, denied murdering Carole Forth but pleaded guilty to manslaughter during a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.

His Honour Judge Roger Thomas QC told him that cases involving the loss of life result in custodial sentences.

Ms Forth, who was 56 and had been a PCSO with Humberside Police for 12 years, died at a house in Hull, East Yorkshire, on December 23, 2018.

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Sheffield Crown Court

Scott, who was charged over her death eight months later, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court via video link, where he entered a guilty plea for manslaughter, which was accepted by the prosecution.

No details of Ms Forth's death were given in court.

Judge Thomas QC said reports need to be prepared by the prosecution and defence teams before sentencing.

He said: “This plea of manslaughter as opposed to murder is a plea the prosecution say is proper.

“This is a state of affairs that has been contemplated for a while. It is only proper that the case moves on in this way.”

He told Scott, of Smook Hills Road, Hollym, near Withernsea, East Yorkshire, the case will next be heard before the court on Friday, June 26, and that he must attend the hearing to be sentenced.

He granted him bail ahead of his next hearing.

The judge added: “This is a case involving the loss of life. There's very few involving a loss of life that don't end in a custodial sentence.

“Your bail will continue until that day.”

Colleagues paid tribute to Ms Forth after her death, describing her as a ‘dedicated and well-loved member of the team’.

Detective Chief Inspector Christine Calvert of Humberside Police previously said: “Carole was a valued and dedicated officer who is greatly missed by her colleagues and the community she served.

“Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who are being supported by our teams.”

Cases are still being heard at Sheffield Crown Court despite the UK lockdown.