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‘I was disgusted and snapped’! British woman, 63, jailed 9 years for killing ‘predator’ dad – Barbara Coombes admits going into blind rage after finding his child-porn photos of herself

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 ‘Woman jailed for killing dad claims murder was induced by finding his child-porn photos of herself, that she killed her father in a ‘haze of disgust’, then ‘panicked’ in deciding to bury the body’

Barbara Coombes was sentenced to nine years in prison after she confessed to killing her father and burying his body in the backyard of their Manchester home 12 years ago
She had pled guilty to killing the dad who she said had sexually abused her for more than 40 years, beginning at age five, and had used her like a “sex slave”
Coombes, 63, went to a police station in Stockport on Jan 7, 2018, and confessed to killing Kenneth Coombes, 87, in 2006 after finding photographs he took of her where he “forced her to display her genitals”
“I could feel a black cloud appearing over me,” Coombes said in court. “In a haze of disgust and disbelief, I picked up a shovel I had been gardening with and walked into the living room where my father was standing”
After slitting his throat Barbara wrapped him in a rug, and buried him behind a tree in the backyard under 2,000 pounds of soil, she then told family members her father died suddenly and the hospital cremated him
Coombes pled “guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility” on Wednesday
The court rejected her “self-defense” plea but “accepted she killed while suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression as a result of 40 years of extreme mental, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of your father”
Judge agreed with prosecutors that she would have never confessed had “the net not started to close in around her”  
She also was accused of “claiming her father’s pension and benefits on his behalf,” she received about $236,000

Barbara Coombes, 63, of Reddish, Stockport, went to a police station in Stockport on Jan. 7, 2018, where she admitted she killed her father, Kenneth Coombes, 87, in 2006.
She told police she “snapped” in January 2006 when she came across naked photographs of herself and another child, The Guardian reported.
Barbara afraid she was not the only victim of her father said, “and a black cloud appeared over me.”
She later claimed he had sexually abused her for more than 40 years, beginning at age five, and had used her like a “sex slave”.
He raped her hundreds of times throughout her life, she told psychiatrists.
She claimed her father took her to a photography club where he “forced her to display her genitals while other men took photographs of her.”
“I could feel a black cloud appearing over me,” Coombes said in court. “In a haze of disgust and disbelief, I picked up a shovel I had been gardening with and walked into the living room where my father was standing.”

Forensics officers exhume the body of Kenneth Coombes 1.jpgForensics officers at the scene, after  the body of Kenneth Coombes exhumed in Manchester, UK

Coombes said she hit her father in the back of the head with the shovel before slitting his throat with the tool’s blade, The manchestereveningnews reported.
“You watched him bleed to death,” according to the prosecution
Kenneth Coombes was left unburied in the garden until the next day after she ordered a ton of soil.
Barbara then proceeded to tell a ‘series of elaborate lies to cover your tracks’, the prosecution said.
After she wrapped the body in a rug, and buried him behind a tree in the backyard., concealed under 2,000 pounds of soil, she told family members her father died suddenly and the hospital cremated him.
Neighbors said they thought the man moved away. Coombes lived in the home for the next 12 years: “To my knowledge this man Kenneth just disappeared,” Terry Sever, a neighbor, said.
“I was not that friendly to ask where he went. I just did not see him anymore,”  he told the Manchester Evening News.
Defense attorney, Martin Heslop, said his client was “treated as a slave” by her father.
“She had no friends, no life outside the house where she was treated as a slave and controlled by her father and had no one to talk to,” Heslop said. He added that it was possible Kenneth Coombes may have been the father to Barbara Coombes’ first child. The child died after birth.

Burial spot for Kenneth Coombes 3.jpgBarbara admitted she buried her dad under this mound of soil at back of their home in Manchester 12 years ago

Barbara was the youngest of three children, and her parents separated when she was a child. She married and had one child, but later moved in with her father.
After ending her marriage, she decided to move back into her father’s home, despite the claim of prior abuse. She was motivated to live rent free, wanting stability for her daughter and herself in preference to her life in a bedsit.
After killing her dad, she built up the elaborate cover up, continued responding to correspondence in his name and along the way fraudulently claimed his pension  and her care giver’s allowance to the tune of $236,000 [£189,125].
The court is told that Barbara Coombes knew the authorities were coming to see her father the following day and she realized the pretense couldn’t continue.
Coombes ‘went out of her way’ in the following years to cover up the killing. The suspect had concealed the killing in ‘quite an elaborate and careful way’, the court heard., telling her brother and her daughter that her father had died suddenly from a heart condition and taken to hospital and been cremated.
She only confessed when the ‘net around you became tighter and tighter up to January 18, in the sense that the authorities were seeking to see your father face to face’.. the judge chided her at sentencing.

Barbara Coombes killed  her dad in this rooml..jpgShe based in his head while he was watching TV in this room, then slit his throat and watched him bleed out

Coombes pled not guilty to murdering her father but “guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility” on Wednesday.
Judge Timothy King sentenced her to nine years in prison saying he “did not accept she acted in self-defense” but “accepted she killed while suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression as a result of 40 years of extreme mental, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of your father.”
Agreeing with the prosecution case,  judge King believed the defendant would have never confessed unless had “the net not started to close in around her.”
A housing officer kept getting sent away while trying to make welfare checks at Coombes’ home.
A representative from the Stockport housing association became suspicious of the man’s whereabouts and was slated to visit the home the day after Coombes confessed. She also was accused of “claiming her father’s pension and benefits on his behalf,” she received about $236,000.
Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe of the Greater Manchester Police Department said he believed Coombes “showed absolutely no concern for what she had done and denied everyone the chance to say goodbye, as Kenneth lay buried at the bottom of his own garden, just meters from her own bedroom window.”
“Despite having years to tell someone what really happened, she only came forward when she had no other choice,” he said.

 

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