WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO KILLING PARTNER IN STOKE-ON-TRENT

A woman has pleaded guilty at Leicester Crown Court today (Thurs) to killing her partner in Stoke-on-Trent.

Sophie Lou Butler, aged 20, pleaded guilty to manslaughter just days into a trial.

Sophie Butler
Sophie Butler

She was on trial for the murder of her boyfriend, 33-year-old Norasab Hussain, at their flat in Bromley Court, Hanley, on Saturday 30 May 2015.

The trial was halted when she entered a guilty plea to manslaughter. This was accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Butler will be sentenced at the same court on Monday 15 February.

DCI Dave Giles said: “Today’s plea of guilty to manslaughter is a positive outcome, which fully takes account of Sophie Butler’s actions, in that she unlawfully killed Mr Hussain.”

Following this incident a referral was made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission to review the circumstances around the force’s response to the incident. An independent investigation is ongoing.

WITNESS APPEAL: Serious collision in Hanley

We received a call at 1.15pm yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 10 February) reporting a road traffic collision in Hanley town centre.

A blue Vauxhall Vectra was in collision with a pedestrian at the junction of Potteries Way and Bucknall New Road.

A 35 year-old male pedestrian was treated at the scene for serious head and leg injuries by the ambulance service before being transported to the Royal Stoke University Hospital where his condition is described as critical.

The driver of the Vectra received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The road remained closed for three hours whilst specialist officers examined the scene.

Motorists and pedestrians are thanked for their patience whilst the road remained closed.

Witnesses are asked to contact Staffordshire police on 101 quoting incident number 314 of 10 February.