Man who admitted killing his wife is sentenced

A 43-year-old man has been sentenced to an indefinite hospital order after admitting to killing his wife in Kingswood last year.

Darryl Bowen, of Wedmore Close, was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court yesterday (30 May) after pleading guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility for fatally stabbing his wife at their home in Wedmore Close in November.

Emergency services attended but, Alison Bowen, 41, sadly died at the scene on Monday 20 November. Darryl Bowen was arrested shortly afterwards.

Speaking after sentencing, Alison’s family said: “As a family we are devastated that Alison has been killed and, although we cannot repair what has been done to her and to our family, we are all pulling together to help each other as we move forward.

“What happened that day has changed our family’s world for ever but our focus is now on working together to rebuild our lives.”

Detective Inspector Neil Meade, the senior investigating officer, said: “This was a truly tragic incident and our thoughts remain with Alison’s family as they continue to process this devastating loss.

“This was a particularly sensitive case, but this outcome will mean that Darryl Bowen will receive the medical care he clearly needs whilst making sure the public are protected.”

For several years Alison Bowen led a small independent Christian school and then a home educators’ hub for local families.

After her death more than £15,000 was raised via a crowdfunding campaign to assist her children.