Jon Clinton's sentence slashed at murder re-trialBy Becky Barnes
September 04, 2012
A Birch Hill man who murdered his wife had six years slashed from his original sentence at a re-trial this morning.
Jon Clinton, 46, was jailed for a minimum of 20 years after he admitted killing his wife Tesco worker Dawn, 33 at their home in Inchwood on November 15, 2010.
Judge John Reddihough, sentencing at Reading Crown Court, said: "By taking Dawn Clinton's life at her young age her parents lost a daughter but most tragic of all your children have lost their mother at an important stage of their lives.
"Now they have to go through their own lives with the knowledge their mother was killed by their father."
Clinton was originally sentenced to a minimum of 26 years in May 2011 but his conviction was quashed in January when a change in the law changed the murder defence of provocation and replaced it with loss of control.
The re-trial was due to begin yesterday (Monday) but in a surprise turn of events, Clinton admitted murdering the former Birch Hill Primary School dinner lady.
During the hearing, Clinton intermittently sobbed as the court heard how he struck his wife at least eight times with a wooden baton and then strangled her.
He then stripped her and took photos on her mobile phone.
Andrew Edis, prosecuting, said Mrs Clinton was seeking to end her marriage as it had become 'intolerable'.
The court heard she had started a relationship with another man.Clinton was described as 'controlling' and 'occasionally violent' and had spied on his wife's Facebook account when they entered a 'trial separation' and was upset she had changed her relationship status.
The night before he killed his wife, Clinton set fire to her beloved Land Rover Fred.
Judge Reddihough described Clinton's actions as 'acts of terrible vengeance' but said the 46-year-old had showed 'sufficient remorse'.
Several of Dawn's family and friends were in court to hear the sentencing. For more get your copy of this week's Bracknell Forest Standard.