A BARNSLEY man has been found guilty of murdering his wife.

Stephen Barnsdale-Quean, 42, of Upperwood Road, Darfield, faces life in jail after being convicted of murdering his wife by strangling her with a homemade ligature.

He claimed Chantelle attacked him out of the blue with a kitchen knife and then suggested she took her own life.

However, jurors at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday found him guilty of murder.

There were gasps of ‘yes’ from family members in the public gallery as the verdict was delivered.

Judge Julian Goose told Barnsdale-Quean: "You know what the sentence is going to be. The outstanding issue is how long you have to serve in prison."

He showed no emotion as he was led to the cells and is due to be sentenced today.