Issued on 18/2/19 at 1:07 p.m.
A man who slit his girlfriend’s throat before threatening to take his own life to avoid prison has been found guilty of her murder.
Tracey Evans was killed on her 52nd birthday at the hands of Jeremy Clarke at the flat they shared in High Street, Measham.
Today (18 February) he was found guilty of her murder at Leicester Crown Court. He is due to be sentenced tomorrow (Tuesday 19 February).
During the three-week trial, the court heard that on the night of the murder, Sunday 5 August 2018, Clarke and Tracey had been to a local pub to celebrate Tracey’s birthday.
They were seen on CCTV leaving the pub separately. Clarke left first at 8.43pm and headed home, followed minutes after at 8.49pm by Tracey. Less than 10 minutes after she arrived back at the flat she was dead.
The 55-year-old admitted to a family member he had killed Tracey when he was seen with blood on his face and clothes. He also called his daughter and confessed but told her he planned to end his own life to save himself from prison.
Following his confessions, the police were called to Clarke’s flat in the early hours of the following morning and Tracey was found inside. She had been brutally attacked with a knife and died from significant injuries to her neck.
The most notable wound ran ear to ear, measuring around 24 centimetres in length.
When officers arrived at the scene Clarke was found outside with splatters of Tracey’s blood on his jeans and shoes.
As he was arrested he confessed to officers he had killed her but days later claimed to have suffered from a hypoglycaemic attack and had no recollection of committing the crime.
Detective Chief Inspector David Swift-Rollinson, who led the investigation, said: “Despite being seen with Tracey’s blood on him and confessing to two people he had killed Tracey, Clarke pleaded with one of them not to call police. He told others, including the police, he had tried to take his own life to spare himself having to spend many years in prison.
“Luckily officers arrived at the scene before this happened and Clarke was arrested, again admitting what he had done.
“Days later Clarke claimed to have suffered from a hypoglycaemic attack and this defence continued, subjecting Tracey’s family to further pain and heartache as they were forced to hear during the trial the details of the night Tracey was murdered and the horrific injuries she endured.
“I am pleased to see today justice has been served and I hope today’s verdict will provide closure on what has been a dreadful six months for Tracey’s family.”