Woman jailed for killing father of three

A woman has been jailed for 10 years after she was convicted of manslaughter after stabbing to death a Bromsgrove father-of-three in a row at his home.

Cordelia Farrell took a knife and stabbed Wayne Coventry, 37, following an altercation, on October 14, 2019.

Mr Coventry died at the scene and Farrell, of Dainton Grove, Birmingham, fled the house.

She handed herself in at a city police station five days later and charged with murder.

On Wednesday, Farrell was found guilty of manslaughter after a trial at Worcester Crown Court, but the jury found her not guilty of his murder.

On Thursday, she was jailed for 10 years. In addition, Farrell was also given an 18 month sentence for aggravated bodily harm to run concurrently and has been told she will serve at least two thirds of her total sentence.

A spokesman for Mr Coventry's family said: "Wayne’s family and friends would like to take this opportunity to thank West Mercia Police for their tremendous work and professionalism in bringing our son’s killer to trial and a special thank you to West Mercia’s police liaison officers for their support and the empathy they have shown our family throughout this ordeal.

“We would also like to offer our sincere thanks to the Victim Support organisation who have helped us to carry on with our day-to-day lives albeit with broken hearts.

“Wayne was a loving son, a father who doted on his three children, a loving brother and a loyal friend and will always be with us in our hearts and daily lives. We pray that 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 from the members of the press.”

Detective Inspector Lee Holehouse of West Mercia Police said: “I hope the outcome will provide some element of comfort to Mr Coventry’s family that justice has been done and that while a sentence has yet to be handed down, it will provide a small sense of closure for them.”

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