Jilted killer husband gets 25 years

Messenger Newspapers: Ty Medland was found guilty at Lewes Crown Court of the murder of his wife Samantha Medland (Sussex Police/PA) Ty Medland was found guilty at Lewes Crown Court of the murder of his wife Samantha Medland (Sussex Police/PA)

A jilted husband has been jailed for a minimum of 25 years for stabbing his estranged wife to death after arming himself with knives given to them as a wedding present.

A judge told Ty Medland, 26, he was responsible for the "frenzied and savage" murder of Samantha Medland in public. Medland used one of four knives he concealed on himself to launch the attack on 24-year-old Mrs Medland in central Brighton, East Sussex.

Before the attack, Medland uploaded to his Facebook page a link to a series of graphic pictures and videos of the couple having sex. A message he wrote accompanying the link referred to Mrs Medland as "the cheating, lying, unloyal whore who destroyed everything I loved and believe in".

A two-week trial at Lewes Crown Court heard that she had become close to another man and had rebuffed her husband's repeated attempts to patch up their marriage. Medland, described as a "petulant, self-centred man" incapable of dealing with rejection, knifed her to death as she collected belongings from him near her workplace in Queen Square, Brighton, on February 17.

Medland, of Cavell Avenue, Peacehaven, had pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but on Friday he was convicted of murder. Judge Anthony Scott-Gall said Medland could not accept his estranged wife's decision that their marriage was over.

The judge said: "I am satisfied, as were the jury, that you couldn't accept this rejection, added to which was the suggestion in your mind that your wife had started a relationship with another man."

Judge Scott-Gall said he accepted that tragedy had touched Medland's life before he murdered, including the death of his daughter and a miscarriage suffered by Mrs Medland. But the judge added: "In my judgment, your motive was clear. You intended to kill your wife because a) she had rejected you and b) because you couldn't bear the prospect of her being with another man."

The judge went on: "It's conceded that you launched a frenzied and savage attack. Her screams alerted local residents who were witness to those awful events. This was a brutal attack that was pre-planned. Sam's death has had a profound effect on her family. The victim impact statement was distressing reading."

Defence counsel Graham Trembath QC said Medland was "indescribably sorry" for his actions and that he was "desperate" for that to be publicly known. He said: "He knows he will live with what he has done for the rest of his life."

Long-haired Medland, dressed in an open-neck white shirt and dark trousers, showed no emotion as sentence was passed. Three of the four knives he armed himself with were wedding gifts. The fourth, and the one Medland most likely used to fatally stab his wife, was a lock knife.

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