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Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Man who claimed wife died from 'oral sex' found guilty of murder

Doctors found a string of violent injuries

A man who brutally killed his partner and claimed she died because of a sex act has been found guilty of murder.

Robert Simpson-Scott, 44, from Cambourne in Cambridgeshire, said his partner of 15 years suffocated while performing oral sex.

But doctors found she had a string of violent injuries, including a fractured spine, broken ribs and bruising.

Simpson-Scott claimed his partner of 15 years died of suffocation due to oral sex (Credit: Cambridgeshire Police)

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Simpson-Scott, who also left Sally Cavender, 44, with a brain injury that stopped her being able breathe properly, told emergency teams she was unconscious and panicked: "She's dead, she's gone, I've killed my wife."

Sally was still alive when paramedics arrived on December 4 last year, so they rushed her to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

According to the Metro, a doctor who had seen to Sally approached a copper, who happened to be at Addenbrooke's on an unrelated matter, and said he thought the victim had been strangled.

Officers arrested Simpson-Scott around 3am on December 5 for attempted murder.

Simpson-Scott tried to deny the horrific attack but today justice has been done.

In a statement, he said their relationship had never been violent - although they both had problems with alcohol.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Cambridge Crown Court on June 10 but was found guilty of murder.

Speaking after the trial, Detective Inspector Emma Pitts said: "Sally's family will remember her as a much-loved daughter and sister. They describe her as a bright, bubbly girl who loved to travel, go to concerts and was full of laughter and fun.

Sally was described as a "bright, bubbly girl who loved to travel" (Credit @SouthCambsCops Twitter)

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"They will never see her again and they have been left absolutely devastated. Simpson-Scott tried to deny the horrific attack but today justice has been done."

Simpson-Scott is due to be sentenced on Thursday (June 27).

Nick Cavender, Sally's brother, said she was a "bright and bubbly person" but "lacked self-confidence" and battled alcohol dependency "for many years".

He continued: "While that led her to make very poor decisions about her lifestyle and choice of partner, she was a very vulnerable person and no-one deserves to have their life ended in the way that hers was."

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