|Truro Crown Court
|Peter Blair QC
|Sara Munro QC
Friday 30th November 2007, The body of Stella Gleadall, aged-50, was found at a house in the Stennack area of St Ives in Cornwall.
She had 32 bruises and abrasions all over her body, she had also been suffocated.
Tyron Bates, also from St. Ives, and a lodger in the house, was arrested and officers from the Devon and Cornwall force charged him with murder.
15th March 2008, Bates went before Truro crown court, he pleaded guilty, he claimed he was provoked, he says when he woke up in the morning he found his landlady on top of him having sex without his permission.
Friday 13th March 2009, Trial starts at Truro Crown Court, Bates changed his story and claimed he strangled her after they had consensual sex and she threatened to tell everyone he raped her.
Tuesday 24th March 2009, Bates convicted of murder, the jury reached a 10-2 majority verdict after being in retirement for 12.5 hours over three days.
Wednesday 25th March 2009, At Exeter Crown court, The judge sentenced Bates him to life. Judge Cottle said the 470 days Bates has served on remand will be deducted from his sentence, meaning he could be eligible for parole in 2022.