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Trial told wife altered scissors death story

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 02, 2012

Truro Court

A woman from Cornwall accused of murdering her fourth husband after he refused to help tidy up, repeatedly changed her story about how he was fatally wounded with a pair of dress-making scissors, a court has heard.

Mother-of-five Sandra Clinch, 49, tried to "step back from the responsibility of what happened" after her husband Alan Clinch collapsed in his home after suffering a stab wound, four to five inches into his chest.

Clinch, who has a history of violence against former partners and her own children, told Truro Crown Court she had been clearing the table ahead of two guests' arrival at the Clinch's cottage in Darite, Liskeard, on May 13, this year when she became angry at her husband and began throwing items.

She told police she was unaware of her husband's close proximity to her, and assumed he must have been in her line of fire.

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But under cross-examination in court, Clinch was accused of having changed her story repeatedly when talking to police, including altering her demonstrations of how she said she threw the scissors.

The trial continues.

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