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Man who killed partner after being released from psychiatric clinic jailed for life

By Deborah Hardiman | Telford | Crime | Published:

Paul Beddoes will serve at least 11 years behind bars after stabbing Lynn McNally 17 times.

Police outside the house where Paul Beddoes, inset, killed Lynn McNally

A man who stabbed his partner up to 17 times at their Telford home will serve at least 11 years in prison.

Paul Beddoes, aged 45, was this afternoon jailed for life for attacking Lynn McNally at the home they shared in Mullinder Drive, Ketley Bank, between February 19 and 21 this year.

He will serve a minimum of 11 years for killing her after an assessment concluded that his problems were the result of his crack cocaine and heroin addiction - and not his mental illness.

It emerged today that Beddoes was taken to a psychiatric clinic on February 20 but allowed out later the same day. Miss McNally was found dead the next day.

Stafford Crown Court heard how Beddoes was admitted to the Redwoods Centre, next to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, over fears he would harm himself after he was found on the railway at Oakengates. But after an assessment he was allowed home.

Sentencing Beddoes, Judge Michael Chambers QC said: "It is the crown's case that you were aware that taking Class A drugs would have affected you in a general sense, but this is not a case where there was a basis to say that use of Class A drugs would trigger violent behaviour."

The defendant at first denied an offence of murder on the basis of his diminished responsibility due to having a history of mental illness.

However, he changed to a plea of guilty to the charge after it emerged that a psychiatric report suggested that it was drug taking and not his mental health that led to Miss McNally’s tragic death from multiple injuries.

Beddoes was due to stand trial earlier this week, but changed his plea to guilty ahead of the start of the hearing before the jury was sworn in.

Deborah Hardiman

By Deborah Hardiman
@Deborahh_Star

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based out of the head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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