Berkshire

Man admits Jacqueline Pattenden stabbing death

Jacqueline Pattenden Image copyright Thames Valley Police
Image caption Jacqueline Pattenden had been with her killer for several months before she died

A man has admitted stabbing to death his partner in a Berkshire village.

Michael Rough, 55, of Ellis Road, Crowthorne, pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court to manslaughter in relation to the death of his partner Jacqueline Pattenden, 53.

A post-mortem found Ms Pattenden died after being stabbed in the chest at a property in Ellis in Road on 2 October.

Mr Rough, who was initially charged with murder, will be sentenced on 28 April.

Ms Pattenden worked as a psychiatrist's assistant for the former clinical director of Broadmoor Hospital, who was in charge of giving treatment to the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe.

Image caption Jacqueline Pattenden's body was found at her home in Crowthorne

Senior investigating officer Det Ch Insp Ailsa Kent, of Thames Valley Police, said: "Michael Rough and Jackie had been involved in a relationship since the beginning of the year which appeared to those who knew them to be happy with no suggestion of violence or arguments between them.

"However, after reporting feeling depressed and stressed over work on the evening of 2 October, Rough stabbed and killed his partner Jackie.

"Rough has admitted unlawfully killing Jackie and I'm pleased her family will not have to go through the anguish of a trial."

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