Moment GMB presenter is forced to cut off pensioner, 73, as he described failed suicide pact

Moment GMB presenter is forced to cut off pensioner, 73, as he described failed suicide pact

Moment GMB presenter is forced to cut off pensioner, 73, as he described how he planned to slit his terminally-ill wife’s throat in a failed suicide pact

  • Graham Mansfield killed his wife Dyanne before attempting to take his own
  • He walked free from court last week after being cleared by a jury of murder
  • A judge said he was satisfied Mansfield had ‘acted out of love’ for his dying wife
  • He appeared on Good Morning Britain this morning to discuss his wife’s death
  • But presenter Charlotte Hawkins was forced to step in as he disclosed details
  • If you are struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, you can contact The Samaritans helpline 24/7 on 116 123 for help and support

This is the moment a Good Morning Britain presenter was forced to cut off a pensioner as he described how he slit the throat of his terminally ill wife in a failed suicide pact.

Graham Mansfield, 73, was found lying in a pool of blood in his kitchen in March last year, while the body of his wife Dyanne, 71, was slumped in a chair at the bottom of their back garden.

He told a 999 operator he had slit his wife’s throat the previous night before attempting to take his own life – six months after she was informed she had stage four lung cancer.

But Mansfield was cleared of her murder and instead found guilty of manslaughter last week, before walking free from court when a judge sentenced him to a two-year suspended prison sentence.

He appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today to describe what had taken place, before host Charlotte Hawkins was forced to step in.

Mansfield said: ‘She’d had enough. It was as simple as that. She’d reached the end of her rope.

‘All we can say is it was the most traumatic period of our lives. It’s something you would not wish on anyone. Dyanne asked me to kill her.’

Mansfield appeared on ITV breakfast show Good Morning Britain today to discuss the court case

But he was cut off as he began disclosing details about his wife's death in the garden of their home in Manchester

But he was cut off as he began disclosing details about his wife’s death in the garden of their home in Manchester

Mr Mansfield, 73, walked free from court last week after a judge said he was entirely satisfied he acted 'out of love' in taking the life of his cancer-stricken wife Dyanne

Mr Mansfield, 73, walked free from court last week after a judge said he was entirely satisfied he acted ‘out of love’ in taking the life of his cancer-stricken wife Dyanne

Dyanne Mansfield (pictured) said she wanted to end her life after being diagnosed with terminal cancer

Dyanne Mansfield (pictured) said she wanted to end her life after being diagnosed with terminal cancer

But the GMB host was cut Mansfield off when he disclosed a key detail about his wife’s death, The Sun reports.

She said: ‘Okay, we don’t want to go into details Graham at breakfast time, obviously, because it’s upsetting for people anyway and I know it’s a difficult thing for you to talk about.’

Mansfield, a retired baggage handler, went on to describe how his wife had wanted to end her life as she had become too weak to walk up the stairs of their home in Hale, Greater Manchester.

He was spared jail last week after telling a jury he killed his terminally-ill partner of 40 years in an ‘act of love’.

Sentencing him, Mr Justice Goose told the defendant: ‘The circumstances of this case are a tragedy for you and are exceptional in the experiences of this court.  You were under immense emotional pressure.

‘I am entirely satisfied that you acted out of love for your wife.’

On March 22, the couple drove to Buxton and Macclesfield to find a ‘quiet’ and ‘convenient’ place to carry out the pact, but instead decided to use their garden the following day.

On the morning of March 24, he was found lying in a pool of blood at the couple’s home in Hale, Greater Manchester, while the body of Mrs Mansfield was slumped in a chair at the bottom of their garden. 

Police and paramedics attended the semi-detached property in Canterbury Road after Mansfield dialled 999 and told the operator he had killed his wife of 40 years at 9pm the previous day before trying to kill himself.

Also discovered nearby were two bricks on top of a plastic wallet containing a note written by the defendant for the police.

Mansfield outside Manchester Crown Court after being handed a suspended prison sentence on Thursday

Mansfield outside Manchester Crown Court after being handed a suspended prison sentence on Thursday

The court was told two notes to loved ones were found at the house after Mrs Mansfield died. Pictured: Police investigators outside the Mansfield's home in Hale in March last year

The court was told two notes to loved ones were found at the house after Mrs Mansfield died. Pictured: Police investigators outside the Mansfield’s home in Hale in March last year

‘We have decided to take our own lives’, it said, giving instructions on where to find his house keys and how to contact his sister, the court heard.

Another note written by Mansfield, addressed to his family, was found in an envelope in the house.

It read: ‘We are sorry to burden you with this but there is no other way. We made a pact that when it got too bad for Dyanne we would end it.

‘I couldn’t bear to live without Dyanne and as the months progressed and as things got worse, it only reinforced our decision that the time has arrived. We hope you all understand.

‘Don’t get too upset. We have had a wonderful and happy life together.’

Police went on to speak to the couple’s family, friends and neighbours, who spoke favourably about the defendant and his ‘unswerving devotion’ to his wife.

Some even expressed no surprise at the suggestion that he had killed her as part of a suicide pact, jurors heard.

If you are struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, you can contact The Samaritans helpline 24/7 on 116 123 for help and support.

‘I can’t live without you’: Graham Mansfield’s words to his wife of 40 years as they ‘agreed to take part in a suicide pact’ 

Pictured: Graham Mansfield

Pensioner Graham Mansfield (pictured) told a jury that the ‘saddest words he had ever heard’ were when his cancer-stricken wife Dyanne asked him to kill her 

Graham Mansfield, 73, was found lying in a pool of blood in his kitchen on the morning of March 24 last year, while the body of his wife, Dyanne, 71, was slumped in a chair at the bottom of their back garden.

Mansfield told a 999 call operator he had slit the throat of his wife of 40 years at about 9pm the previous night at their home in Canterbury Road, Hale, Greater Manchester, and then cut his own throat.

He was arrested for murder but was today cleared of the charge by a jury, who instead found him guilty of manslaughter. 

Giving evidence at trial, he said the couple married in Las Vegas in September 1980.

He said: ‘It was wonderful. The best thing that had happened to me. You don’t want to speak for someone else, Dyanne is not here, but she felt that way.

‘We were very fortunate. We both liked doing the same things – cycling, gardening, walking, playing badminton.’

He said his wife, a retired import/export clerk, was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1999 which led to the removal of a kidney in 2004.

Years of uninterrupted good health followed, he said, as they later enjoyed an active retirement together.

He said 2020 was the ‘start of another fantastic year’ with three holidays booked and a 40th wedding anniversary trip planned to the United States.

Graham Mansfield told police their lives were 'turned upside down' by her cancer diagnosis

Graham Mansfield told police their lives were ‘turned upside down’ by her cancer diagnosis

But ahead of the Covid-19 lockdown his wife developed a ‘tickly cough’.

In September that year, a doctor told her a scan had showed she had lung cancer and it had spread to her lymph nodes.

Mansfield said: ‘That was basically when our nightmare began.’

A week later they were told the cancer had reached Stage 4.

He said: ‘We knew there was no Stage 5. There were tears in our eyes. I was inconsolable.’

Mansfield said the couple were ‘shell-shocked’ when they were told in October that she had two years at most to live.

He told the court: ‘Dyanne said to me ‘Graham, this is the best I am ever going to be now. When things get bad for me, will you kill me?’

‘It was the saddest words I had ever heard. I said ‘Dyanne, I will. On one condition. That I go with you’.

 ‘She said ‘there is nothing wrong with you, there is no reason’. I said ‘Dyanne, I can’t live without you’.’ 

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