Stoke & Staffordshire

Burlsem man cleared of murdering his partner

Kerry Ann Day's home
Image caption Kerry Ann Day was found stabbed in the chest at her home in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent

A man from Stoke-on-Trent has been cleared of murdering his partner who was stabbed to death in Staffordshire.

Grandmother Kerry Ann Day, 41, was found dead at her home in Astbury Court, Westport Road, in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, on 25 April.

Anthony Lawton, 47, also from Astbury Court, denied murder but previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Lawton was found not guilty of murder at Birmingham Crown Court. He is due to be sentenced for manslaughter.

'Argument escalated'

Speaking after the trial, Det Ch Insp Guy Titchener, of Staffordshire Police, said: "Kerry Ann's family are naturally disappointed with the verdict but nevertheless have accepted the decision by the jury.

"Kerry Ann and Lawton had what is best described as a volatile relationship. There was a history of domestic abuse between the pair, but they continued to conduct an on off relationship.

"Sadly, both Kerry Ann and Lawton had been drinking on the day of her death. It appears an argument escalated and he stabbed her in the chest."

Staffordshire Police referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) because there had been previous attendance by officers at the address.

The IPCC's investigation is ongoing.

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