A Bovingdon man was sentenced yesterday (Monday, October 9), following the manslaughter of a woman and attempted murder of a man.
Ashley Howse, 37, appeared at Cambridge Crown Court where he was sentenced to be detained under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act Hospital Order with a Section 41 Mental Health Act Restrictions Order.
Police were called to reports of a disturbance inside a property in Austins Mead, Bovingdon, just before 3.20pm on Saturday, December 11, 2021.
Upon their arrival, they discovered Julia Howse, 61, unconscious and seriously injured. Police officers and paramedics fought to save her life, but sadly she was pronounced deceased a short time later, having suffered fatal stab wounds during an incident.
Detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit launched an investigation to determine the circumstances of Julia’s death.
Her son Ashley, aged 35 at the time, was charged with her murder, as well as the attempted murder of his father during the same incident.
However, following a psychiatric assessment of Howse earlier this year, the guilty pleas of one count of manslaughter through diminished responsibility in connection with the death of Julia Howse, and one count of attempted murder in connection with Ashley Howse’s father, were accepted by the prosecution.
Detective Chief Inspector Sam Khanna, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “A considerable amount of time has passed since the incident, but this does not make the loss of a loved one any easier. Our thoughts remain with Julia’s family at this very difficult time.
“I hope the result provides some closure and reassurance to them as they now move on with their lives. I would also like to extend my gratitude to everyone who has worked on this investigation for all their hard work.”
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