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Paul Sherratt jailed for wife Jane Sherratt's 'unprovoked' murder

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A man whose wife died four months after he attacked her at their home has been jailed for her murder.Former deputy head teacher Jane Sherratt suffered an “unprovoked” and “brutal” assault at the hands of her husband in May in Spondon, Derby.Paul Sherratt admitted murdering his wife and was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 16 years.Police said the 57-year-old has never given any explanation for why he attacked his 60-year-old wife.’Totally unprovoked’Investigating officer Det Sgt Lesley Smith said: “The attack was totally unprovoked and Jane had no means to defend herself.”Even though Paul did contact the emergency services, this was hours after the assault and he offered Jane no aid as she lay severely injured.”

Mr Sherratt attacked his wife on 7 January at their home in Avondale Road and she was taken to hospital with serious head injuries.Mr Sherratt also injured himself and was taken to hospital too.He was originally charged with attempted murder but the charge was changed to murder when his wife died on 7 May.”Jane tragically passed away after spending months in hospital fighting for survival,” added Det Sgt Smith.”The attack on Jane was a horrendous, brutal sustained assault committed by the person Jane should have been safest with; her husband Paul.”The officer said Mrs Sherratt was a “much-loved sister, aunt, friend and teacher”.Mrs Sherratt worked for Springfield Primary School in Spondon between 1992 and 2011.Head teacher David Blackwell said: “She was very committed to the children and the school itself. She worked here for almost 20 years and it was a big part of her life.”We hope today’s news will bring a degree of closure to what has been a very sad few months.”
Source: Derby BBC