A 35-year-old man has today been jailed after the death of a woman in Blackburn.
Lee Grime was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court following the death of Victoria Shorrock, 45, earlier this year.
Around 2pm on January 11, Grime called the Ambulance Service reporting he had found Miss Shorrock, his partner, unresponsive at their address in Warrenside Close.
Paramedics attended and pronounced the 45-year-old dead at the scene. When medics confirmed police would be called, Grime became agitated and made off from the property.
It was established he had taken a taxi to Blackpool and stayed at a guesthouse. After a press appeal for information he was later arrested by police.
Following investigation Miss Shorrock was found to have a number of injuries, including a cut to the back of her head and significant bruising.
Grime was charged with murder on the basis of the evidence of assault and the initial findings of a post mortem examination.
However, as the medical evidence was explored further and in conjunction with the home office pathologist and other expert medical witnesses, it became clear the cause of Miss Shorrock’s death could not ascertained with sufficient certainty to proceed with a charge of murder. As a result the charge was amended to assault.
Grime pleaded guilty and following today’s hearing was sentenced to 16 months in prison.
Det Insp Tim McDermott, of Lancashire Police, said: