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Husband killed Vodafone executive

Sally Sinclair (from Hampshire police)
Sally Sinclair was head of business analysis at Vodafone

A man has been convicted of killing his Vodafone executive wife after she admitted to having an affair.

Sally Sinclair, 40, was found with more than 30 stab wounds and "sawing wounds" to her neck at her home in Amport, Hampshire, in August 2008.

Alisdair Sinclair, 48, was convicted of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility but cleared of murder.

Sinclair said the wounds inflicted were "beyond self defence" but he could not remember inflicting most of them.

After the verdict, Mrs Sinclair's step-father, Barry Alford, said she had "the biggest smile in the world".

Reading a statement on behalf of his wife, Nikki, Mrs Sinclair's mother, Mr Alford said: "He didn't just kill her, he annihilated her.

"To date he has shown no remorse for his actions so this verdict is extremely disappointing.

"My daughter was a wonderful ray of sunshine with the biggest smile in the world.

"This person blotted out that sunshine in the most disgusting and vile way for so many people who loved her."

'Cut off head'

Mr Alford also told BBC News: "She was kind, caring - perhaps too willing to avoid conflict. She used to put up with things.

Sally Sinclair's step-father, Barry Alford, speaks of his devastation at her death

"I think things just deteriorated over a number of years and finally something happened and she wanted to get free.

"My wife and I are devastated [she was] my wife's only child and the only… I never had any children of my own and I've known her since she was 11 years old so we're very, very upset that her life had to end like this."

At the time of her death, Mrs Sinclair was head of business analysis at the mobile phone firm's world headquarters near Newbury, Berkshire.

During the trial, Winchester Crown Court heard Sinclair had been a house husband for almost 10 years while his wife worked.

His duties included domestic chores and looking after their four motorcycles and 13 cars, which he admitted he hardly ever drove.

The jury heard the couple's marriage had been strained for months over Sinclair's "controlling and reclusive behaviour" which had left his wife with no bank account of her own, despite being the breadwinner.

'Mentally ill'

Sinclair, formerly of Georgia Lane, Amport, had admitted he and his wife were involved in a knife fight in which she died on 16 August 2008.

She had told her husband she did not love him anymore and wanted a divorce a few weeks before her death.

The country home where Mrs Sinclair lived
The couple rented a secluded detached house in Amport

The attack, which took place in the kitchen of the couple's home, was part-witnessed by children, the court heard.

Jurors had been told Sinclair attempted to cut off her head, cutting through her carotid artery and her spinal cord in what was described as a sawing action.

He admitted the killing at the couple's luxury £1m rented home but said he had been attacked and stabbed by his wife and thought he was dying.

He only suffered minor injuries to his hands, which the prosecution said were self-inflicted.

During the trial the court heard that Sinclair was clinically depressed and had obsessive compulsive traits which led to excessive cleanliness and the hoarding of clothes, CDs and the buying of expensive sports cars.

By finding him guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility the jury accepted Sinclair was mentally ill and that substantially impaired his criminal culpability.

He will be sentenced on Friday.

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