Teen whose mum died in sex game gone wrong says childhood is ‘ruined forever’

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A teenager says her childhood was "ruined forever" when her mum died in a sex game gone wrong.

Claire Joanne Wright, a "happy and cheerful" mum-of-two, suffered fatal breathing problems during a drink and drug-fuelled bondage session at Herons Lake Retreat near Caerwys, Flintshire on July 16, 2018.

Warren Martin Coulton had tied Claire's hands behind her back and put a sock in her mouth as part of the game but fell asleep and found her dead the next morning, North Wales Live reports.

He fled the scene, leaving Claire's naked body at the lodge.

Coulton, 52, of Buck Lane, Baildon, Bradford, was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence at Mold Crown Court on Wednesday.

Standing in the witness box after the guilty verdict, daughter McKenzie, 15, said: "My mum was so important to me. She was a bubbly character – full of life and energy."

The two would go on shopping trips, holidays and bike rides, and Claire would have helped her through this ordeal but now she is in a "sealed box", said the teenager.

"Nothing in life makes me truly happy anymore," McKenzie said.

"My childhood has been ruined forever. My life is so empty without my mum."

She added that she feels a kind of "survivor's guilt" for not being able to prevent her mum from being in an unhappy relationship.

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"Most people see their mum growing old. I wanted to see her likeness in my children but I will never get to do that."

In a second statement, Claire Wright's mother Julie Davies told of her anguish at her daughter's death.

"I spent several months in total shock and disbelief," she said.

"We are all stunned three years later… The thought that I will never hear her voice or or give her a hug again is unbearable."

For her part, Claire's sister Kirsty Wright told of her devastation over her loss.

She said: "Losing my sister was like losing a part of me. My body feels hollow at times."

She said she has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and suffers from disturbed sleep.

"I dream of being attacked, murdered or severely injured. I think it's a way of assimilating my sister's last moments."

In sentencing, the judge, Mr Justice Simon Picken, addressed the defendant in the dock.

"On finding her [Claire] dead you did nothing to alert her family or the emergency services to what had happened "and, instead, left, on your evidence, to commit suicide," he said.

"It's difficult to detect remorse. Nonetheless, you have lost your partner of five and a half years in circumstances you plainly did not intend to happen."

He jailed the defendant for six years for manslaughter by gross negligence. He said he will serve at least half that term before being allowed out on licence.

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The court also heard that Coulton, who ran a windows and office cleaning business, had a string of convictions including one of battery against another member of Claire's family.

In a statement released after the verdict, detective constable Lee Harshey-Jones, of North Wales Police, said: "This was a tragic and needless death of a woman described by her friends and family as being a loving and caring mother.

"Coulton had a responsibility to look after Claire's welfare and he failed to do so with tragic consequences.

"It was Coulton's failure and lack of care towards Claire which ultimately led to her untimely death.

"Today the court has recognised this failure, and he has been sentenced having been found guilty of manslaughter with gross negligence.

"I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Claire. Incidents of this nature are very rare in North Wales.

"Today's verdict demonstrates that we will leave no stone unturned in bringing the perpetrators of such crimes to justice."

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