Graham Mansfield, 73, strolled liberated from court on Thursday subsequent to being sentenced for the homicide of his 71-year-old spouse Dyanne. He cut her throat in March last year then fruitlessly attempted to commit suicide. In a meeting at his home in Hale, Greater Manchester, Mr Mansfield said his significant other was educated she had stage four cellular breakdown in the lungs in October 2020, only weeks after they’d commended their 40th wedding commemoration. At the point when they got back from the medical clinic, Mr Mansfield said the self destruction agreement was first raised. Mrs Mansfield inquired as to whether he might want to kill her on the off chance that things got
On March 22 they headed to Buxton and Macclesfield to find a ‘calm’ and ‘helpful’ spot to complete the settlement, yet rather chose to utilize their nursery the next day. Their last evening together was spent
‘crying and letting each know other the amount we cherished each other’.
At around 5pm the following day Mrs Mansfield had a glass of red wine, while Mr Mansfield had a container of ale and a whisky and lemonade. It was cold so the two of them put their jackets on and, after Mr Mansfield had secured the house on Canterbury Road, advanced down to the lower part of the nursery where two seats were organized close to one another.
Graham Mansfield strolled liberated from court on Thursday in the wake of being sentenced for the homicide of his significant other
He cut 71-year-old Dyanne’s throat in March 2021 then fruitlessly attempted to commit suicide at their home in Hale
His better half was informed she had cellular breakdown in the lungs, only weeks after they’d commended their 40th wedding commemoration
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A spouse who killed his critically ill wife in a self destruction settlement has told how they shared a last beverage together prior to going to the lower part of the nursery to take their lives.
Graham Mansfield, 73, strolled liberated from court on Thursday in the wake of being sentenced for the homicide of his 71-year-old spouse Dyanne.
He cut her throat in March last year then fruitlessly attempted to commit suicide. In a meeting at his home in Hale, Greater Manchester, Mr Mansfield said his significant other was educated she had stage four cellular breakdown in the lungs in October 2020, only weeks after they’d commended their 40th wedding commemoration.
At the point when they got back from the medical clinic, Mr Mansfield said the self destruction settlement was first raised. Mrs Mansfield inquired as to whether he might want to kill her in the event that things got ‘
He settled on ‘one condition’. Mr Mansfield said:
‘I said I would need to go with her. I said “I can’t survive without you Dyanne”.
‘In an entertaining manner it invigorated me. I realized I was kicking the bucket too. I could zero in on that.’
The couple met in their neighborhood bar in Woodhouse Park in Wythenshawe on New Year’s Eve in 1974 and were hitched six years after the fact.
They shared many interests, including walking, gardening and cycling, and it was, according to Mr Mansfield, a loving and happy marriage.
‘Dyanne was a wonderful person. She was my whole world. We didn’t need anybody else. We just needed one another. We had a wonderful life together.’
But by March last year, Mrs Mansfield was in unbearable pain and told her husband
‘I’ve had enough, I can’t take any more’.
On March 22 they drove to Buxton and Macclesfield to find a ‘quiet’ and ‘convenient’ place to carry out the pact, but instead decided to use their garden the following day.
Mr Mansfield, a retired baggage handler at Manchester Airport, had already begun making preparations.
He’d cancelled the papers, the milk delivery and the window cleaner, emptied the freezer and tidied the house.
Their last night together was spent ‘crying and telling each other how much we loved one another’.
At around 5pm the next day Mrs Mansfield had a glass of red wine, while Mr Mansfield had a can of lager and a whisky and lemonade.
It was cold so they both put their coats on and, after Mr Mansfield had locked up the house on Canterbury Road, made their way down to the bottom of the garden where two chairs were arranged next to each other.
He asked ‘Are you ready?’, to which his wife replied
‘Yes, I won’t make a noise’.
He then walked behind the chair she was sat in and slit her throat with a Stanley knife.
Sat overlooking the same garden, Mr Mansfield broke down in tears as he recalled that horrific moment. He said: ‘It went against every fibre of my body.
‘I ran round to the front of the chair. I said “What have I done?” I sat next to her, put my arm round her and told I loved her.’
Mr Mansfield then tried to take his own life, but passed out before waking up in the kitchen the next morning.
On the morning of March 24 last year, he was found lying in a pool of blood at the couple’s home.
Police and paramedics attended the semi-detached property after Mr Mansfield dialled 999 and told the operator he had killed his wife of 40 years at 9pm the previous day before trying to kill himself.
Mansfield was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and later underwent surgery for wounds to his neck and both wrists.
Mrs Mansfield, a retired import/export clerk, was found slumped in a chair at the bottom of their garden.
A note left nearby addressed to police read:
‘We have decided to take our own lives.’
Mr Mansfield was eventually charged with murder, which he denied.
At Manchester Crown Court the judge, Mr Justice Goose, told jurors that for Mr Mansfield to be convicted of murder, they had to be sure that he used unlawful violence which caused the death of his wife, and that he intended to kill her.
But the case could be reduced to manslaughter if they believed it was ‘more likely than not’ that the suicide pact was a joint agreement between the couple, which Mrs Mansfield had voluntarily agreed to and that her husband had made a genuine attempt on his own life.
Jurors took 90 minutes to return the unanimous verdict following a four day trial. The judge sentenced him to a two year suspended prison sentence after saying he was ‘entirely satisfied’ that Mr Mansfield had acted out of ‘love’ and ‘compassion’ towards his spouse.
But Mr Mansfield, who admits to feeling ‘elation’ when the sentence was passed, doesn’t believe the case should have got to court in the first place.
He has called for euthanasia to be legalised in the UK and said if the Covid lockdown hadn’t stopped international travel they would have considered going to Dignitas in Switzerland.
Mr Mansfield said: ‘We have done nothing wrong. We didn’t need permission from other people. It was our decision. I killed her with love.
‘If someone is terminally ill, if they’re in pain, what’s wrong with saying I don’t want to live any more? [Euthanasia] is a humane and sensible way to do things. The law meant we had to resort to this barbaric method.’
If you are struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, you can contact The Samaritans helpline 24/7 on 116 123 for help and support.