Hospital order on gun dealer who shot his wife is extended

A police cordon in place at the scene of a shooting in Barham where Silke Hartshorne-Jones (inset) w

Police at the scene of the shooting in Barham, where Silke Hartshorne-Jones (inset) was killed - Credit: Archant

A judge has extended an interim hospital order on a gun dealer who fatally shot his solicitor wife at their Suffolk farmhouse.  

Peter Hartshorne-Jones, 52, was charged with murder after his wife was found shot inside their family home at The Green, Barham, on the morning of Sunday, May 3 last year. 

Hartshorne-Jones denied murdering his 41-year-old wife Silke but admitted manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility at a hearing in September. 

Mrs Hartshorne-Jones was found on the floor upstairs, with two gunshot wounds, after police were called by her husband at 4.45am.  

She was taken to Ipswich Hospital but died a short time later at 6.42am. 

A post-mortem examination confirmed her death was the result of two gunshot wounds. 

Hartshorne-Jones is said to have had a recurrent depressive disorder and had psychotic symptoms at the time of the shooting. 

Judge Martyn Levett imposed a Section 38 interim hospital order for 12 weeks in April.

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Today, the judge extended the order until September 10 to allow the defendant to continue receiving treatment. 

Hartshorne-Jones is due to be sentenced on August 31.

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