Man fatally stabs his wife of more than 40 years before cutting his own throat because she was having an affair

James Bland 
By: Mahesh Sarin 

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of manslaughter after stabbing his wife of more than 40 year to death with a kitchen knife, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

James Bland, 63, of Bury Road, Radcliffe, was found guilty of the manslaughter of his wife Carole Bland at the Liverpool Crown Court.

He was sentenced to six years in prison.

The court heard how in the early hours of Friday, Carole Bland returned to the couple’s home after a night out.

An argument took place between the two and in a jealous fury, James Bland stabbed his wife a number of times in the chest and abdomen as she tried to defend herself.

Bland then turned the knife on himself, cutting his own throat in an attempted suicide.

Officers who were responding to a report of concern for the welfare of the couple, gained entry to the home, discovering the body of Carole and what they thought to be the body of James Bland.

However, on closer inspection, the officers noticed that James was still alive and immediately performed first aid while they waited for an ambulance.

While he lay waiting for the ambulance, Bland admitted to police that he stabbed her following the breakdown of their marriage and Carole’s admission that she had been seeing someone else.



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