Husband sentenced to life for killing estranged wife

Christopher Parry, 49, has been jailed for a minimum term of 26 years for killing his estranged wife Caroline in Newport last August. He had admitted manslaughter, but was found guilty of her murder.

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Newport man jailed for killing estranged wife

Parry attempted to kill himself after shooting his estranged wife last year Credit: Gwent Police

Christopher Parry has been sentenced to 26 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of murdering his wife in August last year.

Parry, from Cwmbran, shot Caroline, 49, twice with a shotgun in a street in Newport before turning the gun on himself.

He shot himself in the face leaving him with severe facial injuries.

The court heard how Parry became jealous of his estranged wife's relationship with a new partner.

He claimed he was severely depressed and suicidal and wasn't aware of his actions when he killed Caroline near her home on Seabreeze Avenue in Newport.

Today, the judge sentenced Parry to life in prison with a minimum term of 26 years.

He said:

"By the time you left your home you planned to kill your wife and then yourself. If not for the medical team , you would have succeeded. I accept that you suffered from a mental illness".

'It's not going to bring her back but justice has been done'

Friends of Caroline Parry have spoken to ITV News of their relief following the conviction of her estranged husband, who was found guilty of her murder today.

Christopher Parry shot Caroline Parry in a street in Newport last year after the collapse of their 27-year marriage. He then tried to kill himself.

Gwent Police has urged those experiencing domestic abuse to seek help and advice.

An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission is still ongoing into the contact the couple had with the police. Rob Osborne reports.


Police urge victims of domestic abuse to seek help

Following the conviction of Christopher Parry, Gwent Police has urged those experiencing domestic abuse to seek help and advice.

This is a tragic case that resulted in the death of Caroline - the loss of a mother, daughter, sister and friend to many. Our condolences remain with those who have suffered her loss.

When a relationship breaks down and partners separate, it can often raise the potential for violence.

This is widely recognised as a time of risk by services who deal with domestic abuse. I would implore anyone who has concerns about such a situation to take that step and contact one of the readily available services that will help.

– Detective Superintendent Bill Davies, Gwent Police


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Jury retires to consider verdict in Christopher Parry trial

A jury at Newport Crown Court are considering their verdict on whether a man who shot his wife in August last year is guilty of murder.

The shooting on Seabreeze Avenue in Newport in August 2013

Caroline Parry suffered two fatal gunshot wounds before her husband, Christopher Parry, turned the gun on himself.

Mr Parry admits manslaughter but claims he was severely depressed and suicidal at the time and wasn't aware of his actions.

Parry felt 'suicidal' before incident, court hears

Christopher Parry's police interview read out in court

Our reporter Alexandra Lodge is at Newport Crown Court today as the trial of Christopher Parry, accused of killing his wife Caroline Parry, continues.

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