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Man jailed for yet another Facebook murder

A man has been found guilty of murdering his wife after becoming enraged that she had changed her Facebook status to "single".

Edward Richardson, 41, of Biddulph, Staffs was found guilty of stabbing his estranged wife Sarah Richardson to death.

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He killed the 26-year-old hairdresser at her parents' home in Brown Lees, Staffs last May, after she changed her Facebook status to "single".

Richardson had tried to kill himself after the attack. He was sentenced to life with a minimum of 17 years in prison.

Fiona Cortese, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said, "Richardson became enraged when Sarah changed her marital status on Facebook to single and decided to go and see her as she was not responding to his messages.

"He gained entry by breaking the front door window of her parents' house and made his way into the property."

Last year in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, a man murdered his wife and then killed himself after she told visitors to her Facebook page that she was splitting up with him.

Another man from Croydon, Surrey was jailed for life last October after murdering his wife when she changed her Facebook status to "single" days after he left their home.


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