A woman who died of breathing problems during sex play was a “happy and joyful” mother of two.
Claire’s daughter, sister and mother Joanne Wright all read heartbreaking victim statements during the trial of the man convicted of his manslaughter.
Warren Martin Coulton, 52, tied her hands behind Claire’s bare back and put a sock in her mouth during a drink and drug fueled bondage session, but found her dead on next morning and had abandoned her at Herons Lake Retreat near Caerwys, Flintshire on July 16, 2018.
Standing in the witness box after the guilty verdict, her daughter McKenzie, 15, said: “My mother was so important to me. She was a bubbly character – full of life and energy.”
They went shopping, vacations, and bike rides.
Her mother would have helped her through this ordeal but no
Now she’s in a “sealed box,” the teenager said.
McKenzie added, “Nothing in life really makes me happy. My childhood has been ruined forever. My life is so empty without my mother.”
She added that she felt a sort of “survivor’s guilt” for not being able to prevent her mother from being in an unhappy relationship.
McKenzie added, “Most people see their mothers getting old. I wanted to see her resemblance in my children, but I will never be able to.”
In a second statement, Claire Wright’s mother Julie Davies shared her anguish.
She said on hearing of her daughter’s death she said: “I spent several months in total shock and disbelief. We are all stunned three years later.”
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Claire’s family had to leave their home soon after.
But Ms Davies revealed: “Claire had a cheerful, cheerful personality.”
She added: “The thought that I will never hear her voice again or give her a hug again is unbearable.”
For her part, Claire’s sister, Kirsty Wright, recounted her devastation at her loss.
She said, “Losing my sister was like losing a part of me. My body is hollow sometimes.”
She said she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and had trouble sleeping.
“I dream of being attacked, murdered or seriously injured. I think this is a way to take in my sister’s last moments.”
In sentencing, the judge, Judge Simon Picken, addressed the defendant, of Buck Lane, Baildon, West Yorks, in the dock.
He said: “Finding her (Claire) dead, you did nothing to alert her family or the emergency services of what had happened” and, instead, you left, on your own. evidence, to kill you.
“It is difficult to detect remorse. Nonetheless, you lost your partner of five and a half in circumstances that you clearly did not intend to happen.”
He jailed the accused for six years for manslaughter by gross negligence. He said he would serve at least half of that term before being allowed out on license.
The court also heard that Coulton, who ran a window and office cleaning company, had faced a series of convictions, including one for assault and battery against another member of Claire’s family.
In a statement released after the verdict, Detective Constable Lee Harshey-Jones of North Wales Police said: “This is the tragic and unnecessary death of a woman described by her friends and her family as a loving and caring mother.
“Coulton had a responsibility to ensure Claire’s well-being and he did not do so with tragic consequences.
“It was Coulton’s failure and carelessness towards Claire that ultimately led to her untimely death.
“Today the court recognized that failure, and he was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter.
“I take this opportunity to express my sincere condolences to Claire’s family and friends.
“Incidents of this nature are very rare in North Wales.
“Today’s verdict demonstrates that we will spare no effort to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.