St Neots man, Timothy Allen, pleads guilty to manslaughter of girlfriend

Curlew Place, St Neots,

Curlew Place, St Neots, - Credit: Archant

A man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility of St Neots scientist Samantha Ho.

Samantha Ho

Samantha Ho - Credit: Archant

Timothy Allen appeared via video link at the Old Bailey today (Friday) to enter his plea.

The 40-year-old was arrested after armed police attended and forced entry into the house in Curlew Place, where the body of Ms Ho, 39, was discovered in couple’s house on August 29 last year.

A post mortem concluded that Ms Ho died from multiple cuts to the neck. It is understood that she was beheaded.

Timothy Allen was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and taken to Hinchingbrooke Hospital for treatment for a serious but not life threatening injury before being taken to Thorpe Wood police station for questioning.

He was later charged with Samantha’s murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Wall from the major crime unit said: “This is a tragic case, where a women lost her life and families have been torn apart.

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“Timothy Allen’s plea today will bring closure to the police investigation but will never bring Samantha back.

“Our deepest sympathies are with her family and friends at this difficult time.”

Ms Ho worked for science company Asterand, in Hertfordshire.

A spokesperson for the Samantha Ho’s family said: “Samantha was a well-loved, well respected, kind hearted young lady.

“She had a bright future ahead of her with lots of aspirations. She wanted to be a great scientist, have time to travel the world, realise her dreams and spend more time with family.

“However, on that fateful day, August 29, 2015, Samantha was tragically taken away from us. That day was a day where a part of us died. No plea nor verdict can bring Samantha back though we put our faith in the justice system to make amends to the crime.”

The plea to the lesser charge was accepted by the prosecution and sentencing was adjourned until March 17 at either a London crown court or in Cambridge.