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Claire Colebourn trial: Mum guilty of murdering daughter, 3

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Bethan Colebourn was found dead at the family home in October 2017

A woman has been found guilty of murdering her three-year-old daughter who she drowned in a bath.

Bethan Colebourn was found dead at the family home in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, in October 2017.

Winchester Crown Court heard Claire Colebourn, 36, killed her daughter a month after the break-up of her six-year marriage.

She attempted to take her own life afterwards and was revived by paramedics.

Colebourn was found guilty of murder by unanimous verdict after the 11-strong jury deliberated for two hours.

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Solent News

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Mrs Colebourn separated from her husband, Michael, in September 2017

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A large police operation began at the home after the discovery of Bethan’s body

Bethan was found lying in bed at her home in Whitsbury Road by her grandmother on 19 October 2017. Paramedics were unable to revive her.

Prosecutors said Colebourn had an “unfounded” belief that her husband Michael, a company chief executive, was having an affair.

Colebourn killed Bethan after waking her in the early hours and running a bath, the court heard.

She then attempted to take own life by repeatedly injecting herself with insulin.

Giving evidence, the former sixth form college teacher said she believed her husband had monitored her laptop and phone.

She told the court: “When your emotions are being hammered by somebody so much and you see your beautiful little girl suffering because she feels for her mummy, then she’s going to be a lot safer in heaven than she is anywhere near her father.

“Her spirit can be at peace and Michael would not let us be at peace,” she told the court.

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