Swinger who claimed his partner suffocated during “oral sex” jailed for 18 years

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Robert Simpson-Scott

KILLER: Simpson-Scott murdered his partner of 15 years Sally Cavender (Pic: BPM MEDIA)

Robert Simpson-Scott, 44, strangled 55-year-old Sally Cavender on December 4 last year following a drunken row at his home in Cambourne, Cambridgeshire.

He then told an emergency operator in a 999 call “she’s dead, she’s gone, I’ve killed my wife”.

Miss Lavender was still alive after the attack and was rushed to the Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge with a fractured spine, multiple rib fractures, hypoxia brain injury and bruising to her face, neck and arms.

But doctors couldn’t save her and she died the next day.

Simpson-Scott was only arrested when doctors raised their concerns with police.

Simpson-Scott murderer

ARRESTED: Simpson-Scott was arrested on December 5th at the home (Pic: BMP MEDIA)

He was detained on suspicion of attempted murder at around 3am on December 5, and told police she had lost consciousness during sex.

Jurors at Cambridge Crown Court found Simpson-Scott guilty of murder on Monday.

Ms Cavender died a few days before her mother, who had to be told on her death bed that her daughter had been murdered.

Simpson-Scott’s trial heard the couple had been in a relationship for about 15 years and both had alcohol problems.

It is believed they had been arguing about Ms Cavender’s drinking on the night she died after Simpson-Scott cut his foot on a smashed wine glass.

Sally Cavender

TRAGIC: Miss Lavender was rushed to hospital after the attack where she died (Pic: BPM MEDIA)

He denied murder but admitted manslaughter, claiming to have lost his memory of the incident, but the jury rejected his defence and he was found guilty of murder on June 24.

Justice Cheema-Grubb said Ms Cavender’s injuries indicated she would have been struggling until the moment she lost consciousness, adding: “She would have known she was being strangled to death by someone she loved. It was a terrible way to die.”

Jailing him for life at the Old Bailey, the judge said: “The jury was sure you strangled Ms Cavender intending to kill her or cause her really serious bodily harm.

“You acted with an intention to kill – it was no doubt a short-lived intention and you panicked when you realised you really had killed her, but there can be no mitigation in your case of a lack of intention.

“You’ve robbed Sally’s family of a beloved child, sister and auntie. You killed her at a time when you knew her own mother was dying and had to be told of her first-born daughter’s death while she was on her death bed.”

In a statement, Miss Cavender’s brother Nick Cavender said: “Sally was a bright and bubbly person but she also lacked self-confidence and battled with alcohol dependency for many years.

“While that led her to make very poor decisions about her lifestyle and choice of partner, she was a very vulnerable person and no-one deserves to have their life ended in the way that hers was.”

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