Woman sentenced for manslaughter in Bootle

A woman has been sentenced for the manslaughter of her partner who was fatally stabbed in Bootle last year.

On the morning of Wednesday, 22 November, emergency services were called to a report that a man had been stabbed at an address on Church Walk.

44-year-old Gerard Hand was taken to hospital but despite the efforts of emergency workers, he was sadly pronounced deceased.

A post-mortem recorded his death from a single stab wound to the chest.

Detectives charged his partner 43-year-old Amanda McDonnell, of no fixed address, with his murder.

Last month McDonnell pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Liverpool Crown Court.

On Friday, 28 June 2024, she was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison. 

Speaking about the verdict, Detective Chief Inspector Ben Dyer said, “Firstly I would like to convey our sincere condolences to Gerard’s family. 

“This is a tragic case where McDonnell’s actions that day led to the death of her partner. 

“McDonnell pleaded guilty to his manslaughter which gave the family some solace of not having to hear the events leading up to his tragic death.

“McDonnell now has to live with the result of her actions that fateful day, and I hope that this conviction will give Gerard’s family a sense of closure.”

You can read more about the signs of domestic abuse or make a report online here: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/

You can report by calling 101, if you are not in an emergency situation. If you are in immediate danger, always call 999.

If you ring 999 and are not in a safe position to speak to us then cough or tap the phone and press 55, when prompted.

This will alert the operator that you need assistance. 

For more information please contact any of our support organisations via: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/support-organisations/

Help and advice is also available via https://safe2speak.co.uk/

Image: Amanda McDonnell/Merseyside Police

Why not follow birkenhead.news on Facebook, Twitter, and Threads? You can also send story ideas or letters to the editor to news@birkenhead.news