Manslaughter - Man sentenced
23 May 2012
An Ipswich man has been detained following the death
of Ruth Jacobs in Needham Market.
The body of 60-year-old Mrs Jacobs was found in Needham
Lake on the morning of Sunday 20th February 2011. A post mortem
examination found that she died from drowning.
Stephen Jacobs, a 60-year-old man from Ipswich, was
arrested by police on the same day. In February he appeared at
Ipswich Crown Court and pleaded guilty to the charge of
manslaughter with diminished responsibility. He appeared at the
same court on Wednesday 23 May for sentencing and was
detained under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act.
Detective Chief Inspector John Brocklebank who led the
"Ruth’s death was a tragic crime and our sympathies remain
with her family and friends. Crimes of this severity remain a rare
occurrence in Suffolk but inevitably cause concern in the local
community. This particular case was an isolated and contained
incident involving a husband and wife, with no threat to the wider
community. Nevertheless it resulted in a lengthy investigation by
the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team and I would
like to thank all the staff who contributed to this
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