Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Meeting New Man Sparked Killing

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Meeting New Man Sparked Killing

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"The case has really focused around the relationship between George and Jillian, and tried to determine what made him do this.

"Perhaps Jillian thought there was an opportunity there to make a new start with a new man. There was no doubt that George Osbourne wasn't happy with that.

"Who knows what was really said in that house between them. All we do know is that he stabbed her repeatedly." James, then 16, was horrified to find his mum's lifeless body when worried family members got into her semi-detached, rented council house.

Meanwhile, her killer bought vodka and paracetomol, sought refuge under a platform at Marton railway station - where he played as a child - and took an overdose.

With Burnsall Road cordoned off and some 30 officers investigating including forensics and detectives inside the house, rumours of an attempted suicide led police to Pennyman Woods.

They learned of Osbourne's secluded hideaway from his school friend Darren Barry.

"If we hadn't been told that, we'd never have found him," added Det Insp Drummond.

After his arrest, Osbourne repeatedly told officers and hospitalstaff that he had killed his wife. "Why didn't you just leave me to die?" he asked.

Det Insp Drummond said: "I think he didmake a concerted effort to take his own life.

"I think if we hadn't found him that evening, there's a good chance hemay have died.

"I truly believe that he regrets what's happened and if he could turn back the clock he would have it differently.

"But that doesn't negate the fact that he took her life."

The detective said the killing had a traumatic impact on a close-knit family.

"Jillian and her sister Karen were inseparable, saw each other every day.

Their mother saw them every day.

James had the worst experience because he found her. He's going to have to livewith that memory for the rest of his life."

Brian Froom said hewould never get over his daughter's death. "I have never been able to erase the image of seeing Jillian dead," he added.

"No parent should have to attend a mortuary to identify a child, or to tell two children their mother has gone.

"I am completely devastated. …

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