A woman has bagged life imprisonment for stabbing her boyfriend to death at a New Year’s Eve party while six children were in the flat.
Gatekeepers News reports that Hannah Sindrey, 24, was convicted on Friday for the murder of 31-year-old Paul Fletcher at her flat in Worcester Drive, Rayleigh, following a trial at Basildon Crown Court.
Essex Police said the court ruled that she must serve at least 14 years and five months before she can be considered for parole.
Fletcher, known as Dod, was stabbed in the chest, according to Police, in the fracas that broke out in the early hours of New Year’s Day in 2021.
Present in the flat at the time of the incident, were Sindrey’s two children and 26-year-old Miss Blackwell’s four children.
The force said Blackwell, of Retort Close, Southend, was cleared of murder.
Fletcher’s family, in a statement released through police, said they were ‘heartbroken’ by his death.
Senior investigating officer Julie Gowen, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “This has been a challenging and intensive investigation as my team tirelessly pieced together the hours and minutes which led up to the death of Mr Fletcher in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
“Sindrey’s actions have not only destroyed the lives of Paul’s family and friends, but also her own family.”
It was gathered that when the first officers on scene asked what had happened, Blackwell told them: “Hannah [Sindrey] stabbed him. She is his girlfriend.”
A witness also stated Sindrey was seen holding a kitchen knife and waving it in an aggressive manner towards Fletcher. Moments later, he fell to the ground, the witness told police.
Both women blamed each other for Fletcher’s death when questioned by the police.
Prosecutor said Fletcher “had concerns whether she [Sindrey] was cheating on him.”
A neighbour said that earlier in the evening when fireworks were set off outside, Fletcher and Sindrey ‘appeared to be loved up and kissing and cuddling.”
Police were called by a neighbour at 12.58 am on New Year’s Day and Fletcher was pronounced dead at 1.48 am.