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Husband strangled wife as baby slept in London

Ronald Tyler
Image caption Tyler had been jailed for attacking his wife

A husband who strangled his wife as their baby son slept in the same room has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Ronald Tyler, 47, killed Julie McKinley, 40, after a row at their home in Finsbury, north London, after she returned from a party on 31 December 2009.

He then dialled 999 to say where the body was and told police to be careful as the children were asleep.

Tyler, who was cleared of murder, will be sentenced on Monday.

Ms McKinley's body was found in bed in the same room as her 22-month-old son, the Old Bailey heard.

Her eight-year-old daughter, who was in another room with two younger sisters, shouted out "she's in there" when officers arrived.

Obsessively jealous

Jurors heard Tyler was "obsessively jealous" and he claimed he strangled her after she told him their baby was not his.

The court heard he had convictions for 44 separate offences since 1977, 14 of which were for violence or threatening and abusive conduct - four of them involving his wife.

There were also 20 other reports made to police by Ms McKinley between 1996 and 2009 of alleged violent or abusive behaviour which she did not pursue.

In addition, Tyler admitted to a psychiatrist that he had "slapped" three other women during three previous "turbulent" relationships.

In November 2008 he was convicted of common assault against his wife and given a suspended sentence.

After breaching the suspended sentence he was given a 52-week jail term in July last year but was released - just two months before the fatal attack.

The victim's sister, Jacqueline McKinley, spoke of the "devastating" impact her death had on her children - who are now being looked over by foster parents.

Tyler was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of provocation by a 10-2 majority.

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