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Robert Dunson jailed for murdering wife in front of son

Robert Dunson
Image caption Robert Dunson was told he would serve at least 17 years

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of his wife, who was stabbed to death in their Aylesbury home in front of their son.

Robert Dunson, 54, was found guilty by a jury at Reading Crown Court of the murder of Jean Dunson, 47, on 4 May 2011 at their home in Bicester Road.

A post-mortem examination found she had died of multiple stab wounds.

Dunson, who had denied murder but admitted manslaughter, was told that he would serve a minimum of 17 years.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, chief crown prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This was a tragic crime, which led to the untimely death of Jean Dunson.

"After only three hours, the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict for murder.

"The conviction means that the jury was in no doubt that Robert Dunson murdered his wife Jean, despite his denials.

"A chillingly striking factor about this case is that the attack happened partially in front of the Dunson's 17-year-old autistic son who was then locked in his bedroom by Robert Dunson, no doubt to stop him seeing the aftermath of the father's brutal attack."

Det Ch Insp Vince Grey, the officer who led the murder investigation, said: "It has been a difficult time for Jean's family as this case has taken some time to come to court and her son Alex witnessed in part the events that led to her death.

"Although this trial will not bring Jean back to them I hope the family can take some comfort knowing that justice has been done."

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