Husband jailed for murder of Chelmsley Wood woman

A 73-year-old man has been jailed after pleading guilty to the murder of his wife, Tracy Stonehouse, who was found in a property in Chelmsley Wood in April.

Arthur Stonehouse, of Coralin Close, has today (Monday 6th August) been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court to life in prison, with a minimum term of 13 years and four months.

Tracy’s family have paid tribute to their mother. They said: “We feel utterly betrayed by Arthur. We used to think of him as a person we trusted to protect Mom.

“She wasn’t just Mom; she was a sister, aunty, grandmother and best friend.

“She was a huge part of all our lives. She was the glue that held our family together. The impact this has had on our family is unbearable. She will always be in our hearts and thoughts. We love you so much Mom and miss you millions.”

The retired man, who was arrested and then taken to hospital after being taken ill, was charged with her murder on Sunday 15th April.

Detective Inspector Caroline Corfield, from Force CID, said: “We know that Arthur Stonehouse’s relationship with Tracy had become strained before her death.

“On the evening of her murder Arthur and Tracy had argued in a local club before returning to Arthur’s flat where he attacked her, inflicting blows to her head and face, and strangling her – rendering her unconscious – before stabbing her six times.

“He then sent texts and made phone calls to a number of family and friends admitting to attacking her after she stated their relationship was over.

“Police and paramedics forced entry to Arthur’s flat and found him with Tracy’s body. Tragically, nothing could be done to save her.

“Arthur was 73-years-old but Tracy was only 51 and had so much to live for. Tracy leaves behind a wonderful family who are devastated by her loss. I know the outcome of the case offers them little consolation and our thoughts remain with them.”

Kerry Ann, Tracy’s daughter, added: “We don’t want Mom’s death to be in vain. We are working with Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid to help other families of women suffering domestic violence. No family should ever have to go through what we are going through.”

WMP said” No-one has to live in fear because of what their partner may do, is doing or has done in the past. West Midlands Police works with partner agencies and charities to assist in safeguarding individuals and helping them escape abusive and harmful perpetrators.

“Anyone suffering at the hands of a domestic partner can get help by calling 101, visiting our website or the national domestic abuse helpline on 0808 2000 247. For advice and guidance visit Women’s Aid online.”

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