Devon man cut ex-partner's throat and killed himself

A Devon man cut his former partner's throat after she left him to live with another man, an inquest heard.

Paul Green killed Claire White, 48, with an 8in (20cm) kitchen knife in a "sustained attack" in the home in Aylesbeare they shared for 16 years.

The 51-year-old engineer, described as a heavy drinker, then turned the knife on himself after the attack last April.

At the hearing in Exeter, the coroner ruled Ms White was unlawfully killed and that Mr Green took his own life.

Verbally abused

The inquest heard that, on 19 April 2010, Ms White had returned to her former home at the Old Police House to pick up belongings and discuss financial arrangements with Mr Green.

The inquest heard that Mr Green verbally abused Ms White during their 20-year relationship and that she had moved into a flat in the city with a married work colleague, Keith Bailey.

Three hours later she had not returned and, fearful, Mr Bailey and a work colleague went to the house. Seeing all the lights out, they called police.

Police found the bodies together in a pool of blood in the bathroom. A kitchen knife was still in Mr Green's hand.

Ms White was found to have died from stab wounds to her neck and chest. She also had defensive wounds on her hands and arms.

Green had stabbed himself six times in the abdomen.

Both would have died "within minutes", the inquest heard.

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