Life sentence for man who beat wife to death

Richard Howarth was sentenced to life with a minimum of 15 years on Wednesday 5 October, for the murder of his wife, Anne-Marie Nield.

The 42-year-old beat his wife to death at a flat in Rochdale, following an argument that began on his return from the pub on Sunday 8 May 2016.

Police were made aware of the event after Howarth had messaged his brother, confessing what he had done. Anne-Marie was discovered dead at the scene and her husband was arrested.

Senior Investigating Officer, Duncan Thorpe – from GMP’s Major Incident Support Unit – has released a statement about the tragedy.

“Every couple argues, it is completely normal. What is not normal is when an argument spirals into violence and either partner ends up injured, or worse, dead.

“Howarth will now spend the next 15 years behind bars, and Ann-Marie’s family are now left to pick up the pieces.

“Domestic abuse is not acceptable under any circumstances and there are support services available for victims and families from the report to conviction.”

Victims of domestic abuse are urged to alert the police of any instances. Help can also be sourced from the Women’s Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0161 636 7525 or

TNT News

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