A London woman who stabbed her husband to death following an alcohol fueled row in their family home has been jailed for a minimum of 15 years.
43 years old Natasha Honey Welsh of Greyhound Hill, Hendon, was convicted of the murder of 47-year-old Martin Welsh at the Old Bailey on Monday, 8 April.
She was sentenced at the same court today, Thursday, 14 April.
The court heard how the defendant and Martin Welsh were heavy and regular drinkers and appeared to have a volatile relationship
On 26 October 2018 the couple were at their home in Greyhound Hill, Hendon.
Forensic tests showed that both of them had been drinking heavily and were likely to be drunk as a result.
Also at the house on the night of the stabbing was their adult son. He was upstairs in his room playing a computer game and sending messages to a friend via his game console.
At 23:13hrs their son sent a message stating: “It’s kicking off how I ignore it even with my music playing.” It would appear that this was a reference to an argument between his parents.
Minutes later he heard his father say: “She’s just stabbed me”. At first he thought this was a joke, but he then went downstairs to see what was happening.
When he went into the kitchen area he saw his father lying on his back gasping for air and unable to breathe. There was a wound to his father’s right shoulder area and he noticed a knife on the floor near his father’s leg.
He recognised this as coming as from a knife block kept in the kitchen, this knife was later found to have Martin’s blood on it.
Officers and the London Ambulance Service were called at 23:39hrs to reports of a male having been stabbed.
The couple’s adult daughter had also been alerted and had gone to the scene. She found her mother sitting on the floor cross-legged beside her father.
She told police she shouted at her mother, asking her what had happened, but she remained silent.
On arrival, officers found the defendant next to Mr Welsh and recorded her saying, “That was me. Sorry. If it was in the arm, that was me. Sorry.”
Despite the efforts of officers and paramedics, Mr Welsh was pronounced dead at the scene.
A post-mortem examination at the Northwick Park Hospital Mortuary on 28 October 2018 found that Martin had died of a single stab wound to the right upper chest. The wound was 12cm deep and went through chest wall muscle and pierced his lung and aorta.
Natasha Welsh was arrested and charged with murder on 28 October 2018.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “The defendant claimed to have no recollection of the events, but a jury has found that she was still responsible for her husband’s death. Being drunk does not excuse violent and criminal behaviour.”
“This couple had a volatile relationship that was exacerbated by alcohol use. I would urge any couple who are caught in such a downward spiral to seek help. I would also urge anyone who recognises their family or friends experiencing similar problems to contact police, or one of the many charities who can offer help and support.”