Patricia Jarvis

BBC

A man who killed his wife because she would not quit smoking has been detained indefinitely under the mental health act.

John Jarvis stabbed his wife, Patricia, and sons Stuart, eight, and John 11, at home in the Winslow Hotel, Blackpool in March 2003.

The couple, who married in 1986, had argued shortly before the killings about her smoking which had become an obsession for Jarvis.

The court heard Jarvis killed his wife on 27 March 2003 saying he was “going to fix” her smoking habit.

She was stabbed and had her heart cut out to prevent resuscitation.

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