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Clacton Pensioner Jailed For Murdering Wife

A man has been jailed for at least 16 years for the murder of his wife in Clacton.

Police received a call at around 6.10am on Monday, June 12 stating a woman had died inside a property in Vista Road.

When officers arrived, they found the body of 81 year-old Jean Chapman in a bedroom.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination showed she had died from severe head injuries.

Her husband, 71-year-old John Chapman, of Vista Road, Clacton, was arrested on suspicion of murder at the scene and was charged the next day.

Chapman pleaded guilty to murder at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, August 4.

At the same court today (Friday, September 8), he has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 16 years.

Detective Inspector Stuart Truss said: "John Chapman callously took the life of Jean, who had been his wife for more than 30 years.

"Although he has admitted killing her, he still has not given any reason as to why he did it.

"Jean was 81 and should’ve been able to enjoy her latter years with her family, but that has been taken away.

"By admitting murder, Chapman has at least spared Jean’s family the trauma of a trial.

"I hope this sentence will provide some solace to Jean’s family and help them move forward."

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