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.
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.