Life sentence for murder of former Island woman

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, February 13, 2014

 

Life sentence for murder of former Island woman

Mark Arthur, who has been jailed for life for the murder of his wife, former Isle of Wight woman, Heather Arthur, nee Naylor.

THE husband of a former Isle of Wight woman has been jailed for life for her murder.

Mark Arthur stabbed his wife, Heather, to death when she told him she was leaving him for a jazz musician, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

The court was told Arthur could not take it when Heather, formerly of Ryde, told him their 30-year relationship was over on April 29 last year.

As she told him she wanted a divorce, he picked up an kitchen knife and stabbed her in the chest.

Jurors at Newcastle Crown Court took just 90 minutes to find Arthur, an IT businessman, guilty of murdering her, at their family home on Woodbine Road, Gosforth.

He was sentenced today (Thursday) to life with a recommendation he must serve at least 18 years.

Heather, originally from Ryde and a former pupil of St Therese Presentation Convent and Medina High School, was stabbed in the heart after returning from the school run, the court heard.

"I picked up the knife, which must have been right there on the desk. Then I remember both of Heather’s hands wrapped round my hand.

"Then I just remember standing up and pushing forwards. That’s when Heather got stabbed," he had told the court.

He said his whole world had 'collapsed in a second' when she told him she was having an affair.

Following the case Heather’s father, Alan Naylor, of Bembridge, said; "It’s a relief the trial is now over. We believe the right verdict has been reached but this is no consolation to us or the children. We still have to face up to the circumstances of what happened and are greatly saddened.

"Heather was a delightful daughter and we shall all miss her for the rest of our lives.

"She did not deserve to be deprived of her life."

He added. "We are very grateful for all the support and help we have received from Heather’s many friends in the Newcastle area and on the Isle of Wight. They have been a tremendous comfort to us all."

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