Sheffield man pleads guilty to partner’s death

A 47-year-old man has today (Monday 5 November) admitted to killing his partner at their home in Sheffield just before Christmas last year.

Philip French (pictured right) was due to stand trial for the murder of Jayne Lewis, but entered a guilty plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at Sheffield Crown Court earlier today.

On Thursday 21 December 2017, police attended a flat where French lived with Miss Lewis (pictured below), in Hazlebarrow Crescent, after concerns were raised by neighbours who reported a disturbance.

On arrival, officers found Miss Lewis’ body and also French, who told officers he had killed his partner.

French was arrested and taken to hospital to be treated for self-harm injuries, he was later charged with murder and remanded into custody and subsequently transferred to secure hospital where he has undergone extensive medical assessment. He has now been deemed fit to plea at court.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Handley, the Senior Investigating Officer, explains: “This has understandably been an incredibly sensitive investigation that has been extremely difficult for Miss Lewis’ family and friends and first and foremost I’d like to extend my condolences to them.
“Sadly, Miss Lewis was found deceased at her home address when emergency services arrived. French has admitted to causing the fatal injuries to Miss Lewis. A post-mortem examination established that she died as a result of compression to her neck, she also had a number of stab injuries caused by a screwdriver.

“French’s actions on that day have left her loved ones utterly devastated. Miss Lewis’ daughter in particular has been left deeply affected by the death of her mother and while French’s guilty plea today will never bring her back, I hope that her family can take some comfort in French admitting to what he did.”

French has been sentenced to a hospital order with restrictions, to be treated in a secure hospital.