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Man detained under Mental Health Act after death of wife

A man from Ipswich has been detained under the Mental Health Act following the death of his wife.Stephen Jacobs, 60, was arrested in February 2011.

Earlier this year in February, he pleaded guilty to the charge of manslaughter with diminished responsibility at Ipswich Crown Court.

Today (May 23) at the same court, he was detained under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act.

The body of 60-year-old Ruth Jacobs was found in Needham Lake on February 20, 2011. Jacobs was arrested on the same day.

A post mortem found Mrs Jacobs died from drowning.

"Ruth’s death was a tragic crime and our sympathies remain with her family and friends.

"Crimes of this severity remain a rare occurrence in Suffolk but inevitably cause concern in the local community.

"This particular case was an isolated and contained incident involving a husband and wife, with no threat to the wider community.

"Nevertheless it resulted in a lengthy investigation by the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team and I would like to thank all the staff who contributed to this enquiry.”

– Detective Chief Inspector John Brocklebank who led the investigation.

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