23 June 2006
A woman who claimed she accidentally shot her husband dead while dancing to a Shania Twain song has been jailed for life for his murder.
Linda West, 49, said she was dancing drunkenly while holding a shotgun when it went off.
But the prosecution said she had loaded the weapon and deliberately shot Gregory West, 45, at their Southampton flat in May last year.
West was told she would have to serve a minimum of 16 years in prison.
Finally, some justice.
I bet she wishes she had just said she’d shot her husband in cold blood because he had shouted at her; that way she would probably have been given just a few months probation.
posted by Duncan Idaho @ 6:21 PM
At 6:29 PM, Anonymous said…
I skeptical this actually happened since guns are illegal in Britain. Therefore she couldn’t have one. Therefore everybody is safe. Right?
At 11:24 PM, Anonymous said…
The OJ case showed us that in this brave new politically-correct world, race trumps gender. Perhaps this case shows us that, in the UK at least, the government’s determination to obtain a monopoly of control over all guns, irrespective of the hugely increased risk of genocide, also trumps gender.
At 11:56 PM, Davout said…
The real punishment will be for her inmates who have to spend a minimum of 16 years looking at ‘drop dead gorgeous’.
At 7:21 PM, Anonymous said…
What fascinated me was they were married for nine WEEKS??? He must have had one huge fortune or inheritance for her to get in that big of a hurry.
Here in the USA the women prefer to kill their husbands slowly, snuffing out their spirit and will to live with an unending flow of abuse and belittling, psychodrama and inconsequential prattling.