|Man guilty of manslaughter of his wife
Angela Cash - Victim
David Cash - Guilty
Issued by Greater Manchester Police
A 44-year-old man has today, Tuesday 17 October 2006, been sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of the manslaughter of his wife at their home in Wigan last year.
David Cash (born 08/04/62) of Marlowe Close in Wigan was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter after a two-week murder trial at Liverpool Crown Court.
David and Angela had been married for over twenty years with two children, Ben and Rebecca. David became violent towards Angela, both physically and mentally, and in the weeks leading up to Angela's death, police became involved and bail conditions were imposed on David by the courts.
These included David not being allowed to enter the house on Stanton Close or to contact Angela.
The morning of the incident
On 19 September 2005, paramedics arrived at the house shortly after 8.10am after being told that a 38-year-old woman had died and had possibly been strangled.
David was inside the house and unlocked the door to let the paramedic inside. He noticed David had blood on his hands and followed him upstairs where he found Angela lying on the bedroom floor. David told the paramedic he had been arguing with Angela and that she had tried to stab him and that he had strangled her.
Attempts were made to resuscitate Angela, however she was taken to the Wigan Royal Infirmary where she was pronounced dead.
Police arrived at the address and arrested David on suspicion of murder. He was taken to Wigan Police Station for questioning.
David was interviewed a number of times and changed his account each time. His final accounts stated the following:
He left his mother's house at 5.15am, wearing a brown blouson jacket, in which he had put a large kitchen knife.
He made his way to the house on Stanton Close wanting to speak to Angela about their relationship. He placed a small piece of wood in the lock of the front door so that it couldn't be locked from the outside. He then waited at the end of the close, out of sight, until he saw his 18-year-old son leave, which left Angela alone in the house.
After this, he then entered the house, locking the front door with keys he found inside and leaving them in the lock, so Angela couldn't leave and no one could enter.
He looked in the kitchen and lounge for Angela before going upstairs and finding her asleep in bed. He left his coat with the knife on the banister rail.
Angela woke up and began speaking to David. He said she then began to shout at him and pushed him back to the landing so he got the knife. A neighbour knocked at the door disturbing them and Angela managed to grab the knife.
They then began wrestling in the box room while David tried to get the knife, causing him to cut his hands. He then put both hands round Angela's throat and strangled her, claiming this was in self-defence.
David said he left the room and went outside to the back garden where he threw the knife into the next-door neighbour's garden. He also cut up his jacket, that had blood on it and cuts where the knife had been, and left it in a bin liner outside.
David took a knife from the kitchen, covered it in blood and put it down the side of the bed, hoping that police would think this was the knife used in the incident.
David then went back inside and called for an ambulance.
On the evening of Friday 23 September 2005, David Cash was charged with the murder of Angela Cash.
Following the case today, Detective Inspector Dean Fraser from Wigan CID said: "No one can ever be certain what took place exactly in the moments prior to Angela's tragic death. What is known is that she was seeking to divorce her husband. He had already previously assaulted her and was on bail with conditions not to approach her. He jammed a piece of wood in the front door to prevent it being locked when his son left for work. He then entered the premises armed with a knife, locked the door behind him, and confronted Angela, which lead to her death by strangulation at his hands.
"David Cash's actions has led to the loss of a loving mother, daughter and sister, and my thoughts are with those family members at this time.
"Many domestic abuse incidents form part of a history, which will often escalate in severity. It is worth noting that no other crime has such a rate of repeat victimisation as high. The effects are far reaching and the results are horrific: from loss of confidence or cuts and bruises to complete breakdowns and in the worst cases, as we have unfortunately witnessed here, death.
"The statistics for this type of crime are disturbing in that every week, two women are killed in domestic situations. This is something we need to reduce and I would urge anyone suffering at the hands of an abuser to seek help. Even if you did not want to involve the police, there are many support agencies that can help and provide assistance to stop the horrific cycle of domestic abuse.
"Domestic abuse is completely unacceptable under any circumstances and GMP takes all reports of abuse extremely seriously. As a Force we are committed to bringing offenders to justice and to hold them accountable for their actions. By working closely with our partners we are trying to reduce and prevent the horrific incidents and results that we have heard about today."
Statements from Angela's family following today's case
Angela's mother, Anne Ferguson said: "Angela was a lovely girl and daughter. She loved people and had lots of friends. Angela was a loving mother and we miss her so much. I miss her coming in through the door. She would say 'Hiya Mum' and give me a kiss and a hug, have a quick coffee and a little chat and hurry off to work or shopping.
"She was always rushing in and in a hurry. She loved life and I miss those hugs and kisses so much.
"Angela will be in heaven with her twin brother Mark and I hope and pray that they are at peace together.
"My lovely daughter Angela, goodbye love."
Angela's father, David Ferguson, added: "Angela was a loving caring Daughter. She had a bubbly personality and had a lot of friends. She is sadly missed and I think of her everyday."
Angela's daughter Rebecca Cash, now aged 18, said: "I loved my mum very much. She was a very loving person and always helped everyone. I miss her loads, and wish she was still here. My mum was always smiling and didn't let anything bother her. I wish I could have done more things to help her. She had loads of friends and was a popular person, and would do anything for anybody. I love my mum with all my heart and always will."
Angela's sister Anne-Marie said: "Angela was the best sister anybody could ask for. She was so thoughtful, not just to me and her nephew Scott, but to everybody. She was always so happy and cheerful.
"Angela brought a glow and a smile to everyone. I miss her so so much. I can't explain how much she is missed in our home. Her nephew and myself are so lost without her. Angela was a very important part of our lives.
"I can't believe that this has happened especially in this way. It is so much a tragedy and so long. This could have been prevented. I miss her loving smile and I miss her so much, words cannot explain. I will think of her always."