A young English mother who stabbed her boyfriend in front of six children screamed "f**k him" after being jailed for life for his murder.

Hannah Sindrey of Worcester Drive, Rayleigh, must serve a minimum of 14-and-a-half years behind bars for fatally stabbing her 31-year-old boyfriend, Paul "Dod" Fletcher, during an argument on New Year's Day last year.

The 24-year-old had been pregnant with Fletcher’s child when a fight broke out at her flat on Jan. 1, 2021. Fletcher, who was reportedly high on cocaine, got paranoid over his incorrect fears of Sindrey's cheating and confiscated her and her friend, Kelly Blackwell's phones.

The enraged duo was fighting Fletcher when Sindrey picked up a kitchen knife and stabbed him through the heart, the court heard. Sindrey's two children and Blackwell's four children were in the flat at the time.

Witnesses reported seeing Sindrey on the flat balcony, screaming for help with blood on her hands, saying "he's been stabbed".

Despite the best efforts of the paramedics, Fletcher was pronounced dead at the scene.

Last Friday, Jan. 21, Sindrey was convicted of murder by majority verdict at the Basildon Crown Court. She tried to pin the murder on her friend, Blackwell, saying she started the fight and picked up the knife first, but the 26-year-old was found not guilty at the trial.

In her sentencing remarks, Judge Samantha Leigh acknowledged that Fletcher had been a "possessive" partner which made his relationship with Sindrey a "toxic" one.

"Paul Fletcher took Kelly Blackwell's phone, she didn't take kindly to this and I am satisfied that she started the attack and she picked up the knife first," she told Sindrey.

"She becomes very verbally aggressive and slapping the deceased and you then became involved."

"I am sure you had had enough of the behavior at that stage and you lost your temper and you stabbed him once."

"In my view from your actions up until when you started giving evidence you had convinced yourself that you had not stabbed him because you couldn't face what you had done because even though the relationship was a bad one, you still loved him."

Fletcher had suffered a 10cm wound from the stabbing which had pierced his heart, the judge said, adding that despite the toxicity of the relationship, he was still a loved father, brother and son.

"No matter what Mr Fletcher's faults were, he was a dad, he was a son and valued member of that family, and his loss was very difficult to take."

The court also heard that Sindrey gave birth to Fletcher’s child while she was remanded in custody.

"His son born after his death will never know his parent," the judge added.

Fletcher's sister, Shelley Thomas, had her statement read to the court by Christine Agnew QC, prosecuting.

She said: "We are devastated and heartbroken, and struggling at the loss. We are all trying to come to terms with it."

"He was trying to turn his life around and had so much to look forward to. He seemed different this time."

"He was going to be a father again, a hands-on dad and build an unconditional bond like he had with his own father."

"Dod was a big part of our life. His mum has had her whole world crashing down around her, she's in pieces. Dod was her youngest son."

Sindrey was given a life sentence with 14-and-a-half years in jail for murder, reduced to 13 years and 164 days to account for time already spent on remand.

While being dragged out of the dock at Basildon Crown Court, Sindrey yelled: "F*** him. That's what I think. F*** him.... I don't give a f***," as she was taken down.

Hannah Sindrey
Hannah Sindrey, 24, has now been jailed for life for murdering her boyfriend Paul "Dod" Fletcher on New Year's Day, 2021 Essex Police.

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