Catering equipment recruiter murder suspect sectioned before sentencing

Peter Hartshorne-Jones is awaiting sentencing for fatally shooting his wife.

A senior catering equipment recruiter who fatally shot his wife inside their family home has had an interim sectioning order imposed on him by a judge.

Peter Hartshorne-Jones was charged with murder after his wife, Silke, died on 3 May last year from gunshot wounds at their property in Suffolk.

He denied murdering his wife but admitted manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility at a hearing in September.

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At Ipswich Crown Court last week, Judge Martyn Levett imposed an interim hospital order under section of 38 Mental Health Act for 12 weeks, according to the Ipswich Star.

A further sentencing hearing is due to take place on 23 June.

Hartshorne-Jones was a director of Hartshorne Associates, which was set up in 1999 to specialise solely in the catering equipment and foodservice sector.

Traditionally, it operated on a search and selection and headhunting basis, but expanded into agency and contingency recruitment.

It worked on an assignment basis with manufacturers, distributors and design firms, and Hartshorne-Jones is understood to be well-known to many in the industry. He is listed on Companies House as the sole director of the business.

Officers from Suffolk Police were called to Hartshorne-Jones’ home shortly before 4.45am on Sunday 3 May 2020 after receiving reports a woman had been shot.

On arrival at the premises, they discovered Mrs Hartshorne-Jones inside with serious injuries. She was transported to Ipswich Hospital via ambulance in a critical condition, where she died a short time later.

A postmortem examination confirmed her death was the result of the two gunshot wounds.

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Clare Nicholls

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