A WOMAN cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter was jailed for 10 years today after stabbing her partner inside a Bromsgrove home.
Cordelia Farrell of Dainton Grove, Birmingham, killed Wayne Coventry in his brother’s house on Humphrey Avenue by plunging a kitchen knife through his chest.
The killing followed several rows in their reportedly ‘toxic relationship’.
Farrell denied the murder charge throughout the entire trial at Worcester Crown Court, telling the jury she was acting in self-defence.
Following the killing on October 14 last year, Farrell fled the house.
She handed herself in at a Birmingham police station five days later.
Both Farrell, aged 38, and Mr Coventry, 36, were described as heavy drinkers who also indulged in drug-taking.
A spokesperson for the Coventry family said: “Wayne was a loving son, a father who doted on his three children, a loving brother and a loyal friend. He will always be with us in our hearts and daily lives.
“We pray these type of heinous crimes drastically decrease and other families don’t have to go through the pain and heartache our family and friends have had to endure.
“We would appreciate time to come to terms with this ordeal and ask for privacy.”
The family added their thanks to West Mercia Police for their work and professionalism in bringing the killer to trial.
Speaking prior to the sentencing Det Insp Lee Holehouse of West Mercia Police said he hoped the outcome would provide some element of comfort to Mr Coventry’s family.