Bromsgrove Man Jailed For Life For Murdering Wife

12 July 2018, 16:45 | Updated: 12 July 2018, 17:23

Birmingham Crown Court

An estate agent from Bromsgrove has been jailed for life for the "brutal" murder of his wife.

David Clark was convicted of murdering spouse, Melanie Clark, after jurors last month rejected his claims she sexually humiliated him in the days and months before the New Year's Eve killing.

South Africa-born Clark, 49, had told his trial at Birmingham Crown Court he could remember nothing of stabbing his wife in the chest at their home in Stoke Prior, near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

Clark, who said his wife had "nearly always" belittled the size of his genitals, claimed he had suffered a "loss of control", and was guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter.

But a jury rejected his account and on Thursday he was jailed for life with a minimum term of 15 years.

Sentencing Clark, Mr Justice Morris told him: "Melanie Clark was a healthy woman in the prime of her life.

"She was subjected to a brutal attack, which came without warning."

Sitting in the dock of the court, Clark, wearing a checked shirt, only nodded to the judge, as he was sentenced.