Lisa Ellwood, a 40-year-old resident of Greenwood Court, Agbrigg, Wakefield, has been handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 16 years following her conviction for the murder of her husband, Ryan Ellwood. The verdict was reached after a trial at Leeds Crown Court, where Ellwood appeared yesterday (Wednesday, 13 March) for her sentencing.

The tragic incident unfolded on the night of 29 August last year when police responded to a call from the Ellwood residence in Greenwood Court just after 11 pm. Ryan Ellwood was found with a stab wound to the chest and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

In her initial emergency call, Lisa Ellwood claimed to have discovered her husband injured upon her return home. However, subsequent investigations revealed a different narrative.

According to findings, the couple had been consuming alcohol in Wakefield and had returned home separately. It was during this time that an altercation erupted between them in the kitchen, witnessed by Lisa’s teenage daughter. Upon entering the room, she found Ryan injured.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Phil Hughes, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “This was a drunken argument that has sadly taken an extremely violent turn and resulted in the loss of Ryan’s life.

“The jury has seen through Lisa’s attempts to mislead the investigation and she has now been sentenced for this senseless crime.

“Ryan’s death has had a devastating effect on both families, and I hope the conclusion of this court case helps them as they continue to move forward with their lives following this tragic incident.

“During the trial, the court heard from friends and associates of events where Ryan suffered both physical and emotional harm because of his wife’s jealousy and accusations of infidelity. This case places an important spotlight on male domestic abuse.”