Manchester

Moston man jailed for murdering wife during a row

Christine Neary, who was known as Chrissy Image copyright GMP
Image caption Christine Neary, who was mother and grandmother, was an "inspirational woman"

A man who strangled his estranged wife during a row has been jailed for life for her murder.

Christine Neary, known as Chrissy, was found dead at a property in Kinver Road, Moston, Manchester on 28 January.

The 46-year-old and her husband James Neary, or Jimmy, had recently split and he had taken it "badly", police said.

Neary, also 46, of Kinver Road, admitted murder at Manchester Crown Court. He will serve a minimum of 12 years in prison.

Image copyright GMP
Image caption James Neary was arrested after being found sleeping in his wife's car in a car park in Failsworth

He had returned to their house on 27 January and killed his wife during an argument, police said.

A post-mortem examination concluded the mother and grandmother had been strangled.

In a statement, her family said: "She was the glue that held the family together. As a family we will never be able to comprehend what happened to our mother.

"Our mother was an inspirational woman... She had worked hard to better herself and we will never know what our mother could have become."

Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe said: "Jimmy Neary will spend at least the next 12 years behind bars with the knowledge that he killed the woman he loved and ripped his family apart."

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