Redcar man murdered partner killed previous lover in 1996February 21, 2019
Man, 62, who was labelled a ‘danger to women’ after smothering his partner to death had killed a previous lover 20 years ago, it emerges as he is jailed for 23 years
- Paul Plunkett, 62, murdered Barbara Davison, 66, at their home in Redcar, Cleveland, in August last year
- Jailed after changing to guilty plea in first day of trial at Teeside Crown Court
- Plunkett was found guilty in 1996 of manslaughter of lover Jacqueline Asperty
A man labelled “a danger to women”, who has admitted murdering his partner, had killed a previous lover more than 20 years ago, it has emerged.
Paul Plunkett was found guilty in 1996 of the manslaughter of Jacqueline Aspery.
And he has now pleaded guilty to the unrelated murder of Barbara Davison after he smothered her during an argument at their home in Redcar, Cleveland.
Paul Plunkett, 62, who has admitted murdering his partner Barbara Davison, was found guilty of the manslaughter of previous lover Jacqueline Aspery in 1996
The 62-year-old, who has a wider history of domestic violence, appeared at Teesside Crown Court to admit murdering Ms Davison in August last year.
He initially told the Crown Prosecution Service that he did not mean to kill the 66-year-old grandmother of six, and was only trying to silence her during an argument.
But he changed his plea on the first day of his trial and he was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 23 years in prison.
Outside court, Detective Inspector Darren Birkett said: “Plunkett is a danger to women and will now likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
“We hope that Barbara’s family can take some comfort from the knowledge that he will never be able to hurt another family again.”
The CPS said both women died in similar circumstances.
Crown Advocate Emma Dowling said after the hearing: “During an argument at their home last summer, Paul Plunkett smothered his partner Barbara Davison to death by forcing his hands over her mouth and nose.
“Plunkett has a number of historic convictions for violence against women, including the manslaughter of a previous partner, Jacqueline Aspery, in 1996.
Grandmother-of-six Barbara Davison, 66, was smothered to death by Paul Plunkett during an argument at their home in Redcar, Cleveland, in August last year
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“In that case, Plunkett had applied so much pressure to Jacqueline’s throat that he fractured the cartilage around her larynx.
“Given the similarities between the death of Barbara Davison and the manslaughter of Jacqueline Aspery, the CPS made an application for his previous convictions to be revealed to the jury.
“Given the strength of the case against him, it is unsurprising that Plunkett has pleaded guilty to murder on the first day of this trial.
“I would hope that the significant sentence he has received today provides a measure of comfort to the family of Barbara Davison, at what must be a very difficult time for them.”
After the sentencing, her family branded the murderer “a lying, manipulative, evil coward”.
Plunkett initially told the Crown Prosecution Service that he did not mean to kill Ms Davison and was only trying to silence her during an argument, but changed his plea to guilty on the first day of his trial at Teeside Crown Court
In a statement, they said: “He’s denied six grandchildren of the love and caring they had with their gran. Not a day goes by we don’t think about her.
“We will never forgive him for what he has put our mam through.
“The only comfort that we can take is knowing that hopefully he will never get out so he can’t ruin another family’s life.”
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