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Catering equipment recruiter charged with murder given hospital order ahead of sentencing

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

Peter Hartshorne-Jones, 52, 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 41-year-old wife but admitted manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility at a hearing in September.

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At Ipswich Crown Court this week, Judge Martyn Levett imposed a Section 38 interim hospital order for 12 weeks ahead of sentencing, according to the Ipswich Star.

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

Mr 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 Mr Hartshorne-Jones is understood to be well-known to many in the industry.

Catering equipment recruiter charged with wife’s murder

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