A millionaire businessman who left his partner to bleed to death after “rough sex” at their home is to be sentenced today.
Cleared of murder, John Broadhurst, 40, admitted manslaughter by gross negligence when he left an injured Natalie Connolly unattended, and later failed to call emergency services when “a risk of death as a result of her injuries would have been obvious”.
The 26-year-old mother was found almost completely naked and in a pool of blood at the bottom of the staircase at their home in Kenrose Mill, Stourbridge, on December 18, 2016.
Miss Connolly was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics having suffering more than 40 injuries, including a serious internal trauma.
The court heard that Broadhurst dialled 999 and informed the operator he had found Miss Connolly as “dead as a doughnut”.
A trial at the Birmingham Crown Court revealed that Broadhurst claimed his partner was injured as a result of consensual sex, after consuming drugs and alcohol.
Having suffered a “blow-out” fracture to her left eye, bruising and internal injuries, the court also heard how Miss Connolly had told witnesses that she and the defendant had an interest is masochistic sex.
Prosecutors had alleged that Broadhurst "totally lost it" during the drink and drug-fuelled sex session, before leaving Miss Connolly to die.
The property developer, who’s believed to be worth £15 million, denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence on December 11.
Explaining the Crown’s decision to accept Broadhurst’s plea to a lesser charge, prosecutor David Mason QC told the court: "The evidence in this case, which is an extremely unusual case, has been very complicated.
"The family [of the victim] have been consulted and are entirely content with the view that the prosecution have taken.”
Broadhurst will be sentenced on Monday by Mr Justice Julian Knowles.
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