A Colchester man who admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility has been jailed.
Adam Butt, 23, of Laing Road, was given a life sentence for manslaughter when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today, Friday 29 July, and ordered to serve a minimum term of 12 years.
Last year, we were called to an address in Laing Road at around 5.35am on Sunday 17 January. Once there, we discovered an unresponsive woman inside the property. Sadly, the victim was later pronounced dead at the scene despite the best efforts of paramedics.
A forensic post mortem found Mary Wells, 21, died as the result of being stabbed.
Adam Butt, then 21, was arrested at the scene and charged with murder on 18 January 2021 to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court the following day.
Butt denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at a hearing on 17 August at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Mary’s family, who live in the United States, paid tribute at the time calling Mary a “bright” woman after she graduated from Dallastown High School in Pennsylvania. They added, “She was looking to excel in life and will be loved and missed by all.”
Detective Sergeant Michael Ferguson, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said:
“My thoughts and condolences are very much with Mary’s family at this time.
“This was a tragic incident which claimed the life of a young woman who had everything to look forward to and who should have been able to experience everything that life could offer her for many more years to come.”
Adam Butt was sentenced under Section 45A of the Mental Health Act 1983.