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Man jailed over Wolverhampton chemical death

Andy Mao
Image caption Mr Mao was arrested in April for the attack in Wolverhampton in 2004

A man has been jailed for 12 years for killing a businesswoman by dousing her in white spirit at a Wolverhampton restaurant.

Thuy-An Mao, 48, known as Andy, was found guilty of manslaughter at the city's crown court.

Jenny Lam, 38, from Bromley, south-east London, died in hospital in Kent five months after suffering serious injuries from the attack in 2004.

West Midlands Police described it as a very sad and tragic case.

On the run

A spokesman said: "We are extremely pleased with today's guilty verdict which we hope will bring some closure to Jenny's family.

"The trial has helped Jenny's son to understand the circumstances surrounding his mother's death as he was only young at the time."

They also said it had been a lengthy investigation because of the time that Mao, who was arrested in Lewisham in April, had been on the run.

Ms Lam had been renovating the Aphrodite restaurant in Stafford Street with several people, including Mr Mao.

A 49-year-old man was also attacked in the restaurant and sustained injuries to his arm.

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