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. Credit: 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:

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