Christopher Parry sentenced to life imprisonment for murder of Caroline Parry

South Wales Argus: LIFE IMPRISONMENT: Christopher Parry (8028813) LIFE IMPRISONMENT: Christopher Parry (8028813)

THE MAN found guilty of murdering his estranged wife on a Newport street last summer, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Appearing before Newport Crown Court today, Parry, 50, from Cwmbran was given a life sentence and told he would serve at least 26 years in prison for murdering Caroline Parry.

On August 8, 2013, Parry shot his estranged wife Caroline Parry, 49, in the back twice, killing her, before turning the semi-automatic shot gun on himself in a failed bid to take his own life.

Parry admitted manslaughter, but denied murder claiming he drove to Seabreeze Avenue, intending only to kill himself in front of Mrs Parry. He told police: “I would shoot myself so she would remember how much I loved her."

Defending, Roger Thomas QC had told the jury Parry is and was suffering from severe depression which “substantially impaired his responsibility for his act”.

The couple were married for 27 years and had two children, but Mrs Parry left the family home in April 2013.

Prosecutor Michael Mather-lees told the jury Parry, who had three shotgun licenses, was a "controlling dominant individual who could not tolerate the fact his wife had left him."

He said: “This was a man who could not let go."

On Wednesday, the jury returned a majority verdict of 10-1, after deliberating since Friday afternoon.

Speaking yesterday, Judge Wynn Williams said: “The view I have taken is that when he left the house that morning, he had by then, formed the intention to kill.”

Mitigating, Roger Thomas QC, said: “Parry confronted his wife with the intention of making a dramatic gesture.

“He completely lost it and formed the intention –‘if I can’t have her nobody can’. His overwhelming desire was to get her to return. She dismissed that and that was the last straw.

“This was a man in turmoil. This offence is genuinely tragic.”

Addressing Parry, who appeared in the dock assisted by two helpers, Judge Williams said: “You chose to kill your wife in a public place, by shooting her. You took with you a loaded weapon and I’m satisfied that by the time you left your home, you had an intention to kill her. You had loaded the gun with three cartridges.”

The judge said he accepted that from the moment he intended to kill his wife, Parry also decided to kill himself. He also accepted Caroline Parry’s departure from the family home in April 2013 came as a “great shock” to Parry and as a consequence, he developed a depressive illness.

He added: “It was not of significant severity to persuade the jury it substantially impaired responsibility for your actions.

“By your actions, you’ve deprived your wife of her life, you have deprived your daughter and son and their mother, brought grief and unhappiness to many people and your life has been ruined.”

Parry had no previous convictions and had been described as a “hard-working, family man”.

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12:03pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

Can this be interpreted as his staying in a closed prison till he's 76, if he survives, and then being re-considered? I think we'd all hope so.
Can this be interpreted as his staying in a closed prison till he's 76, if he survives, and then being re-considered? I think we'd all hope so. Dai Rear
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1:09pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Here we see the true face of the damage that guns can do to people. I'm so glad that we don't have regular firearm incidents in this country like they do in the USA. This is truly terrible, but in the USA such carnage occurs on a daily basis.
Here we see the true face of the damage that guns can do to people. I'm so glad that we don't have regular firearm incidents in this country like they do in the USA. This is truly terrible, but in the USA such carnage occurs on a daily basis. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 5

2:20pm Fri 11 Jul 14

chelsea1970 says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Here we see the true face of the damage that guns can do to people. I'm so glad that we don't have regular firearm incidents in this country like they do in the USA. This is truly terrible, but in the USA such carnage occurs on a daily basis.
The difference with USA life means life or the death penalty . Which in this case the death penalty would be the true sentence or if u prefer life means life and every time he sees that grotesque face in the mirror in his cell, he will remember what an utter scum bag he is . Taking away a mother from her children .26 years still not enough !!! ANIMAL GRR. .....
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Here we see the true face of the damage that guns can do to people. I'm so glad that we don't have regular firearm incidents in this country like they do in the USA. This is truly terrible, but in the USA such carnage occurs on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]The difference with USA life means life or the death penalty . Which in this case the death penalty would be the true sentence or if u prefer life means life and every time he sees that grotesque face in the mirror in his cell, he will remember what an utter scum bag he is . Taking away a mother from her children .26 years still not enough !!! ANIMAL GRR. ..... chelsea1970
  • Score: 5

7:47pm Fri 11 Jul 14

b3talover says...

chelsea1970 wrote:
Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Here we see the true face of the damage that guns can do to people. I'm so glad that we don't have regular firearm incidents in this country like they do in the USA. This is truly terrible, but in the USA such carnage occurs on a daily basis.
The difference with USA life means life or the death penalty . Which in this case the death penalty would be the true sentence or if u prefer life means life and every time he sees that grotesque face in the mirror in his cell, he will remember what an utter scum bag he is . Taking away a mother from her children .26 years still not enough !!! ANIMAL GRR. .....
I think his sentence means he will be eligible for parole after 26 years. There's no guarantee that he'll be granted it if the powers that be still think he's a danger to the public. So potentially, he could be locked up for the rest of his natural life.
[quote][p][bold]chelsea1970[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Here we see the true face of the damage that guns can do to people. I'm so glad that we don't have regular firearm incidents in this country like they do in the USA. This is truly terrible, but in the USA such carnage occurs on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]The difference with USA life means life or the death penalty . Which in this case the death penalty would be the true sentence or if u prefer life means life and every time he sees that grotesque face in the mirror in his cell, he will remember what an utter scum bag he is . Taking away a mother from her children .26 years still not enough !!! ANIMAL GRR. .....[/p][/quote]I think his sentence means he will be eligible for parole after 26 years. There's no guarantee that he'll be granted it if the powers that be still think he's a danger to the public. So potentially, he could be locked up for the rest of his natural life. b3talover
  • Score: 0

11:46pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Sheep'n'wellies says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Here we see the true face of the damage that guns can do to people. I'm so glad that we don't have regular firearm incidents in this country like they do in the USA. This is truly terrible, but in the USA such carnage occurs on a daily basis.
Are you joking,this country is becoming more americanised all the time. We should do what Scotland are doing and not let those idiots in the commons control our destiny. And don't even get me started on the royal family biggest drain of tax payers money get a proper job liz.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Here we see the true face of the damage that guns can do to people. I'm so glad that we don't have regular firearm incidents in this country like they do in the USA. This is truly terrible, but in the USA such carnage occurs on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]Are you joking,this country is becoming more americanised all the time. We should do what Scotland are doing and not let those idiots in the commons control our destiny. And don't even get me started on the royal family biggest drain of tax payers money get a proper job liz. Sheep'n'wellies
  • Score: 7

8:17pm Sat 12 Jul 14

VoiceOfDaPort says...

He has been given a 26 year minimum term, so will be in his mid-seventies before he can be considered for parole.

He may not serve all of it in closed conditions though, due to his health, as some open prisons cater for inmates in poor health, but that would also come down to if he's considered an escape risk or not.
He has been given a 26 year minimum term, so will be in his mid-seventies before he can be considered for parole. He may not serve all of it in closed conditions though, due to his health, as some open prisons cater for inmates in poor health, but that would also come down to if he's considered an escape risk or not. VoiceOfDaPort
  • Score: 0

11:08pm Sat 12 Jul 14

jimmysmith says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Can this be interpreted as his staying in a closed prison till he's 76, if he survives, and then being re-considered? I think we'd all hope so.
the trouble is dai .by time he gets a couple of years into the system plays cuckoo and feigns mobility problems etc and takes to using a chair .(which he will ) he be moved to an open prison and with progressive depression then moved into secure hospital type detention ie llanarth court near abergavenny he be out inside ten years .the judge in his summing up excepted depression played a part and thats the loop hole that will be exploited .id say ten yrs max and hes out on life license sad to say
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Can this be interpreted as his staying in a closed prison till he's 76, if he survives, and then being re-considered? I think we'd all hope so.[/p][/quote]the trouble is dai .by time he gets a couple of years into the system plays cuckoo and feigns mobility problems etc and takes to using a chair .(which he will ) he be moved to an open prison and with progressive depression then moved into secure hospital type detention ie llanarth court near abergavenny he be out inside ten years .the judge in his summing up excepted depression played a part and thats the loop hole that will be exploited .id say ten yrs max and hes out on life license sad to say jimmysmith
  • Score: -1

3:41am Sun 13 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

Yes. If hygiene controls on restaurants , for example, were as porous as our prison system there'd be a national outcry but , hey, it's only the odd dangerous lifer who goes walkabout from an open prison , isn't it?
Yes. If hygiene controls on restaurants , for example, were as porous as our prison system there'd be a national outcry but , hey, it's only the odd dangerous lifer who goes walkabout from an open prison , isn't it? Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

12:07pm Sun 13 Jul 14

MrBenggo says...

Sheep'n'wellies wrote:
Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Here we see the true face of the damage that guns can do to people. I'm so glad that we don't have regular firearm incidents in this country like they do in the USA. This is truly terrible, but in the USA such carnage occurs on a daily basis.
Are you joking,this country is becoming more americanised all the time. We should do what Scotland are doing and not let those idiots in the commons control our destiny. And don't even get me started on the royal family biggest drain of tax payers money get a proper job liz.
Sheep'n'wellies,
"biggest drain of taxpayers money" I'm with you all the way about Royalty, neuter all the lot of 'em and eventually the line will die out.
[quote][p][bold]Sheep'n'wellies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Here we see the true face of the damage that guns can do to people. I'm so glad that we don't have regular firearm incidents in this country like they do in the USA. This is truly terrible, but in the USA such carnage occurs on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]Are you joking,this country is becoming more americanised all the time. We should do what Scotland are doing and not let those idiots in the commons control our destiny. And don't even get me started on the royal family biggest drain of tax payers money get a proper job liz.[/p][/quote]Sheep'n'wellies, "biggest drain of taxpayers money" I'm with you all the way about Royalty, neuter all the lot of 'em and eventually the line will die out. MrBenggo
  • Score: 2

12:11pm Sun 13 Jul 14

MrBenggo says...

So severe depression is an excuse to kill anyone,if you take notice of his defence lawyer it is,do lawyers just say any excuse to justify their occupation,how often do we read of,poor up bringing,depression,
fallen on hard times and the rest of it.
So severe depression is an excuse to kill anyone,if you take notice of his defence lawyer it is,do lawyers just say any excuse to justify their occupation,how often do we read of,poor up bringing,depression, fallen on hard times and the rest of it. MrBenggo
  • Score: 0

12:38pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

MrBenggo wrote:
Sheep'n'wellies wrote:
Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Here we see the true face of the damage that guns can do to people. I'm so glad that we don't have regular firearm incidents in this country like they do in the USA. This is truly terrible, but in the USA such carnage occurs on a daily basis.
Are you joking,this country is becoming more americanised all the time. We should do what Scotland are doing and not let those idiots in the commons control our destiny. And don't even get me started on the royal family biggest drain of tax payers money get a proper job liz.
Sheep'n'wellies,
"biggest drain of taxpayers money" I'm with you all the way about Royalty, neuter all the lot of 'em and eventually the line will die out.
Much the same could be said about the welfare-dependent underclass, but what it's got to do with Parry, goodness alone knows.
[quote][p][bold]MrBenggo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sheep'n'wellies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Here we see the true face of the damage that guns can do to people. I'm so glad that we don't have regular firearm incidents in this country like they do in the USA. This is truly terrible, but in the USA such carnage occurs on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]Are you joking,this country is becoming more americanised all the time. We should do what Scotland are doing and not let those idiots in the commons control our destiny. And don't even get me started on the royal family biggest drain of tax payers money get a proper job liz.[/p][/quote]Sheep'n'wellies, "biggest drain of taxpayers money" I'm with you all the way about Royalty, neuter all the lot of 'em and eventually the line will die out.[/p][/quote]Much the same could be said about the welfare-dependent underclass, but what it's got to do with Parry, goodness alone knows. Dai Rear
  • Score: -3

12:44pm Sun 13 Jul 14

MrBenggo says...

Dai rear,
going off subject that's all
Dai rear, going off subject that's all MrBenggo
  • Score: -1
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