Gun dealer admits shooting solicitor wife dead but DENIES murder

Gun dealer husband admits shooting dead his solicitor wife at their Grade-II listed farmhouse but DENIES murder because he has a 'mental health condition' Silke Hartshorne-Jones, 41, was shot at her £600,000 home in Barham, Suffolk Husband, Peter Hartshorne-Jones, 51, admitted manslaughter but NOT murder He claimed today at Ipswich Crown Court that he has a 'mental health condition'

By Clare Mccarthy For Mailonline

Published: 20:42 BST, 11 September 2020 | Updated: 20:45 BST, 11 September 2020

A registered gun dealer today denied murdering his corporate lawyer wife who was shot twice in a bedroom of their farmhouse home. 

But Peter Hartshorne-Jones, 51, admitted the manslaughter by diminished responsibility of his wife Silke Hartshorne-Jones, 41, as he has a 'mental health condition'.  

He made his pleas by a video link at Ipswich Crown Court in a short hearing on Friday after a psychiatrist acting for him diagnosed him as suffering from a mental health condition.  

Silke Hartshorne-Jones, 41, was shot twice at her family's £600,000 farmhouse where she lived with her gun dealer husband Peter Hartshorne-Jones in Barham, Suffolk

 Silke Hartshorne-Jones, 41, was shot twice at her family's £600,000 farmhouse where she lived with her gun dealer husband Peter Hartshorne-Jones in Barham, Suffolk

Lawyer Silke Hartshorne-Jones was shot at her family's 17th century Grade II-listed Chestnut Farm in Barham, near Ipswich, Suffolk on May 3, where she lived with her husband Peter Hartshorne-Jones. 

Prosecutor Peter Gair said that the prosecution intended to get their own psychiatrist to examine him and draw up a report.

The hearing was

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