Stoke-on-Trent man jailed for life for strangling wife with hair straighteners

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A Stoke-on-Trent man has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife with hair straighteners after their marriage broke down.

Christopher Jeffery, 51, of Church Avenue, Baddeley Green, originally pleaded not guilty to murdering Sarah Jeffery at their home on June 8 this year.

He later changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced at Birmingham Crown court today (December 1).

The defendant admitted strangling Sarah with the cord of her hair straighteners when she visited their home to collect her belongings after moving out four days earlier.

Shortly after killing Sarah, Jeffrey rang his mother, before calling the police and telling them what he had done.

Jeffery has been told he will serve a minimum of 11 years and 241 days, although this is actually 11 years and 67 days as he has already served 174 days in prison.

Detective Inspector Victoria Downing, of Staffordshire Police, said today: “This was a violent crime which resulted in a life being cut short in dreadful circumstances.

“Our thoughts are with Sarah’s family at this tragic and difficult time.”

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