Wife jailed for fatal TV row attack


Shenai Raif
Tuesday 06 December 2011 12:20

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".