Wife jailed for fatal TV row attack
Tuesday 06 December 2011
A dental nurse was jailed for 10 years today for killing her husband in a row over what to watch on television.
Leonora Sinclair, 50, wanted to see Harry Hill's TV Burp while 73-year-old Lloyd insisted on viewing football.
As the row escalated, Mr Sinclair, who had been married for only 10 months, lay bleeding to death in the hallway of their semi-detached home.
Sinclair, of Windward Close, Enfield, north London, was found guilty of manslaughter at the Old Bailey in October, but cleared of murder.
Mr Sinclair, who was a driver for a church care centre, was frightened of his wife, who had attacked him on previous occasions.
On the afternoon of Saturday January 15, she texted a friend: "I am watching Steel Magnolias and getting pissed on wine while Lloyd makes the dinner. LOL."
Later they argued about what to watch and Mr Sinclair was fatally stabbed with a large kitchen knife in the back of his left thigh.
Pc Gillian Bills said drunken Sinclair told her on the way to hospital: "We had an argument about what to watch on TV.
"He wanted to watch football and I wanted to watch Harry Hill."
Sinclair, who had been married twice before, denied stabbing her husband.
She agreed she had claimed he was injured by falling on a broken wine glass, but said it was in panic.
Judge Stephen Kramer told her: "I am satisfied you are a domineering person - particularly when you have taken drink."
She had robbed Mr Sinclair's family and friends of "much loved and respected man".
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