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Woman guilty of murdering partner
Tuesday 19th July, 2005

A 34-year-old woman has today, Monday 18 July 2005 been found guilty of murdering her partner following an argument over Christmas decorations.

Jayne Andrea RICHARDS of Dodson Close, Ashton-in-Makerfield was found guilty of murdering Allan BAXTER at their home on Friday December 3 2004.

Richards, who has a two year-old son with Allan, was found guilty after a five day trial at Liverpool Crown Court. She has been sentenced to life in prison with a recommendation she serve a minimum of ten years.

At around 6.30pm on Friday 3 December 2004 Allan, 31, returned home from his job as an IT manager with a company in Ellesmere Port, to find Richards putting up the Christmas tree and decorations.

The couple had a few drinks and over the course of the evening argued about the decorations. At about 10pm Richards went upstairs to their bedroom to eat a pasta dinner she had made for herself. She claimed Allan followed her up and continued the argument, tipping her pasta onto the bedspread and rubbing it in to annoy her. Officers found no evidence of any food on the bedspread.

As Allan left the bedroom she jumped on his back and stayed on as he went down the stairs. When he got to the bottom, Allan tried to get her off and she bit him on the shoulder.

The couple continued their argument as Allan went into the living room and Richards to the kitchen. There she picked up a knife and went to confront Allan.

Once in the front room she shouted at him and stabbed him once in the back. The post mortem revealed the blade penetrated about 8 inches into Allans body, puncturing his lung and heart.

Despite his injuries Allan was able to make his way to a neighbours house where he collapsed. The neighbour called for an ambulance and provided first aid before paramedics took Allan to Wigan Royal Infirmary.

He was pronounced dead at 11.42pm that night.

While the neighbours attempted to save Allan's life, Richards called her
mum and told her: "I've stabbed him (Allan)".

Following today's conviction and sentence, Allan's parents Ian and Lynette
Baxter said:

"We are grateful justice has been served and that after 7 months of pain
and anguish, we will perhaps be able to grieve properly for our son, Allan
Baxter. We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has
supported us throughout this dreadful time."

"In particular, we would like to thank Allan's friends and colleagues for
their support and expressions of sympathy. It has made us proud to realise
how Allan touched so many people and left so many good impressions and fond
memories in his short life."

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