UPDATED Estate agent found guilty of 'tragic and senseless' killing of his wife
A STRATFORD-UPON-AVON estate agent has been found guilty of murdering his wife on New Year’s Eve following an argument with her about a lesbian affair she had with one of their friends' daughters.
The row turned violent when David Clark, the former military medic, stabbed his South-African born wife Melanie in the chest with a cook's knife and then dialled 999, confessing: 'I've killed my wife. She did my head in.”
The 49-year-old worked for Sheldon Bosley Knight in Stratford in 2013 before leaving in 2016 and re-joining the company last year.
Clark was told by a Judge following his conviction at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday that murder carries a life sentence and he will decide a minimum term that he must serve behind bars on 12th July.
Investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jamieson, from West Mercia Police, said: "This was a tragic, senseless crime which has devastated Melanie's family and has left her children to grow up without a mother.
"I hope the outcome of today's proceedings will provide a small sense of closure for Melanie's family, who have shown tremendous resilience and courage in dealing with this tragedy.
"My thoughts remain with them as they continue to rebuild their lives, and I would ask that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.
"I would like to thank all of the officers and staff involved within this investigation, who have worked tirelessly to ensure that David Clark was brought before the courts and will now face justice for his actions."
Mrs Clark, aged 44, who had four children from a previous relationship, was pronounced dead at the couple's home in Bromsgrove just after midnight.
Minutes later her two sons aged 22 and 19 returned from a party to find police at their house.
Clark was arrested in blood-soaked pyjamas on his birthday at the three-bedroom, semi-detached property.
Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court were told the couple had been married for ten years but had a turbulent relationship.
Both of them had engaged in extramartial affairs and Mrs Clark had even made her husband sign a contract giving her permission to sleep with other people.
They had no children together but she had two boys and two girls from her previous relationship.
On New Year's Eve they had drunk three bottles of Prosecco between them as they celebrated at a friend's house.
They had also downed spirits and played a drinking game version of Snakes and Ladders, which involved downing shots of whiskey, before returning home.
Mr Clark told the court that, on the night of the attack, his wife had taunted him about her lesbian encounter she had with a friend's daughter two days before.
After himself calling police, Clark tried to kill himself with gas and begged officers to kill him when they arrived.