Rodney Stuart Fallowfield during his trial in the High Court at Invercargill in July. He has been sentenced to jail after being convicted of manslaughter.
Balclutha man Rodney Fallowfield has been sentenced to four years’ and three months’ jail for killing his wife.
Fallowfield, 53, strangled Shirley Reedy, 52, in a Te Anau motel room in May 2020.
They were married in April 2019, and the Te Anau trip was a belated honeymoon.
Fallowfield faced a jury trial in the High Court at Invercargill in July.
After a day of deliberations, the jury reached an 11-to-one majority verdict that he was not guilty of murder; he was however found guilty and convicted of manslaughter.
During the trial, the jury heard that the couple had called the police on each other multiple times during their chequered relationship, and a non-association order was in place.
Both the Crown and the defence accepted that Reedy was strangled in the hotel room by her husband.
What was disputed was the intent, and the defence case was that he did not intend to cause bodily injury, but wanted his wife to be quiet when she threatened him with a rape allegation.
It was agreed that Reedy had schizophrenia and also that Fallowfield was not charged after she made a rape allegation against him in December 2019. He denied the allegation.
The jury also heard from a crown witness who recalled an alleged incident from about 30 years ago where she said Fallowfield threw her to the ground, sat on top of her and strangled her.
The crown witness, who has name suppression, told the court she had struggled to breath.
“I thought he was going to kill me. I thought just get it over and done with,” she said.
Fallowfield did not take the stand, nor did the defence call any other evidence during the trial.
This article first show on www.stuff.co.nz Source link Author BLAIR JACKSON on date 2021-10-14 22:39:34