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Husband given life sentence for murdering wife on New Year's Eve

49-year-old David Clark has been jailed for 15 years for murdering his wife Melanie Clark on New Year's Eve 2017. Photo: West Mercia Police

A man who stabbed his wife to death at their Bromsgrove home on New Year's Eve has been jailed for 15 years.

David and Melanie Clark were married for around 10 years but their relationship had broken down due to his "controlling and bullying behaviour" towards both his wife, and her children from a previous relationship.

Birmingham Crown Court heard that on December 31 last year the couple visited friends for a social evening for few hours before returning home.

A few minutes before midnight the 49-year-old defendant contacted the emergency services and stated that he had stabbed his wife.

Paramedics and police arrived at the property where they found the 44-year-old victim in the bedroom with a single stab wound to her chest. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Clark was arrested at the house and later charged with murder.

He was found guilty on June 27 following a three-week trial.

Jason Corden-Bowen, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said:

David Clark is violent and abusive man who would not accept the fact that his wife had called time on their relationship.

Although he was described as controlling and manipulative he sought to blame his victim for his actions.

He claimed Melanie provoked him into the loss of control which led to her death, however, this was never the case.

It was Clark’s refusal to accept that his marriage had ended that led to him losing his temper and stabbing his wife to death in their former marital bedroom and the jury clearly disregarded his spurious account.

Although we accept that little will adequately address their loss our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Melanie Clark.

– Jason Corden-Bowen, District Crown Prosecutor with the CPS West Midlands

Investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jamieson from West Mercia Police, said the crime was "senseless and tragic".

It has devastated Melanie's family and has left her children to grow up without a mother.

I am thankful that justice has been served and I sincerely hope the sentencing will provide a small sense of closure for Melanie's family, who have been left to face the full repercussions of Clark's actions in the most painful way. My thoughts remain with them as they continue to rebuild their lives, and I would continue to ask that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.

I would like to thank all of the officers and staff involved within this investigation, who have worked tirelessly to ensure that David Clark was brought before the courts and will now face justice for his actions.

– Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jamieson, West Mercia Police