Hyde woman jailed for stabbing boyfriend to death

A WOMAN from Hyde who admitted stabbing her boyfriend to death has been jailed for five years and three months.

Katie Yeomans had been charged with the murder of Rees Howarth but, on the first day of her trial, the 28-year-old admitted manslaughter on the grounds of loss of control.

Greater Manchester Police said they were called to reports of “a domestic disturbance” at Yeomans’ home on Thorsby Avenue, at around 2.55pm on April 23 this year.

They found Mr Howarth in a critical condition and, despite the best efforts of officers and medical professionals, he was pronounced dead.

Katie Yeomans

Police said the couple had been out with friends in Oldham town centre on the Saturday night and returned to the house where they carried on drinking.

At around 2.30am on the Sunday, Yeomans attempted to call the emergency services before ending the call after just one second.

She then called a family member who arrived at her home by taxi and saw Mr Howarth, covered in blood in the hallway.

Police said Yeomans then contacted another member of her family, who rang the emergency services.

When officers and paramedics arrived, they found Mr Howarth had sustained a single stab wound to his upper chest.

Yeomans was arrested along with a 19-year-old woman, who was released without charge.

On the Tuesday morning, April 25, Yeomans was charged with murder and remanded into custody.

She pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Manchester Crown Court on November 1 and was sentenced on November 8.

In a tribute, Mr Howarth’s loved ones said he was an “active and outgoing man who was funny and loving”.

They added: “He had a heart of gold and was caring and kind-hearted. He was a larger-than-life character who will be sadly missed by all who loved him.”

Duncan Thorpe, of GMP’s Major Incident Support Unit, said: “Whatever sentence is imposed, it will not be enough and it will sadly not bring Rees back.

“Of course, my thoughts are with Rees’ family and his loved ones. No parent, child or friend should have their loved one taken away by someone else in this manner.”

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