Former Rutland and Stamford Mercury receptionist Jennifer Parkinson sentenced for stabbing her husband Michael Parkinson to death

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A FORMER Mercury receptionist who stabbed her husband to death during a row over money has been jailed for three years and eight months.

Jennifer Parkinson, 66, was cleared of murder after a trial last month on that grounds that she did not intend to cause serious harm but she pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

She and her husband Michael Parkinson lived in Bisbrooke until about three years ago. He was a former headteacher at Ropsley School near Grantham but retired early after suffering a nervous breakdown.

They owned about 20 properties in Rutland which they rented out but a rise in mortgage rates had led to arguments over money and put a strain on their relationship.

Parkinson stabbed her husband to death in their penthouse apartment in Gosport, Hampshire, on March 22 last year.

Sentencing her for manslaughter today, Judge Guy Boney QC told her: “You took your husband’s life and at the same time ruined what is left of your own life.”

The 406 days that Parkinson has already spent in custody will be deducted from her sentence.