Chilling 999 call by laughing murderer who stabbed partner 29 times

A laughing killer can be heard telling an operator he’d "stabbed his missus" in a chilling 999 call made after he murdered his partner.

Shane Clarke, 52, was described as "calm and relaxed" when he made the emergency call revealing he had murdered his partner Joanne Bishop – prompting the shocked call handler is heard to exclaim "you’ve what, sorry?".

The killer plunged a Phillips screwdriver 29 times into Miss Bishop’s chest near her heart.

And despite paramedics reviving the injured woman – still in her dressing gown – she suffered irreparable brain damage and died four days later in hospital.

He left her bleeding on the floor of her bedroom and texted friends that he was not going to work and stated "oops" before he called 999 for an ambulance.

Clarke was jailed for life and will not be considered for parole for 20 years – after he turns 72 – for the killing described as ‘savage, frenzied and brutal’ at a house in Milton Keynes, Bucks.

Miss Bishop was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for treatment where it was discovered she had suffered brain injuries and the decision was made to withdrawal life support.

After listening to the devastating victim impact statements of Miss Bishop’s sister Sandra and father Harold, Clarke gave the judge a thumbs up and could be heard laughing as he was led away by security officers to the cells.

The harrowing first 90 seconds of the 999 call was played to Oxford Crown Court which included Miss Bishop’s family, who wiped away tears as Clarke’s husky voice was heard on the recording.

After being asked if the patient was conscious and breathing, Clarke replied: "I’ve just stabbed the missus."

The 999 operator asked if she was bleeding and Clarke can be heard chuckling and said: "I think she’s gone!" before laughing again.

The operator replied: "What do you mean, you think she’s gone?" to which he replied "I think she’s dead mate!".

Clarke then refuses to go back to the house and sounds aggravated and states he "don’t want to go back there".

Eventually he is persuaded to meet the paramedics called to the scene and shows them to the bedroom where they worked on her.

Police then arrested him on suspicion of murder to which he replied "S**t way to start a Tuesday morning, costing the Government a million quid."

When paramedics found a pulse on Miss Bishop, he was re-arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and Clarke replied: "Sweet. That’s brill. F*** those ambulances are great aren’t they."

In her victim impact statement read to the court, Sandra Bishop said she was devastated that her daughter would never get to know her aunt.

She added: "I would lie awake at night unable to sleep thinking about what happened in that room, the pain she went through, what she was thinking about during the attack."

Joanne Bishop’s father, Harold, said he should never be burying his youngest daughter and missed her text messages about their shared passion for football.

He added that he was given a glimmer of hope when paramedics revived his daughter in the bedroom but quickly realised he had lost her for good.

He said: "I have a constant feeling of numbness which stays with me. She did not have an easy death and this makes me upset. I will never understand what Shane did and not forget what he did that day."

Judge Ian Pringle described a couple who had lived together for six years, but whose relationship was rocky in the months leading up to the murder. He also explained Clarke was convinced Joanne Bishop was having an affair.

He told Clarke: "The sheer nature of this attack was utterly brutal.

"The use of a screwdriver to attack the victim was appalling. The number of times that screwdriver was inserted into his victim – no less than 29 times – almost beggars belief.

"It is said that the defendant reacted in this way because of something Miss Bishop said about the nature of their relationship. She had every right to say that she wanted you out of her home.

"She was then killed in her own home in her own bed."

"He was to admit he had just stabbed ‘his missus’. He said it three times as the call receiver couldn’t believe what she was hearing.

"He was very calm and relaxed bearing in mind what he had just done. His attitude towards what he had done was awful, extraordinary."

Matthew Walsh, prosecuting, told the court that Clarke had served a 12-year sentence for luring a man to a park and slashing his face with a cut throat razor in the 1980s as well as having two convictions for assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He had also been imprisoned for drug offences.

Philip Evans QC, defending, said the father of two’s life had been blighted by drink and drugs and he wished to express remorse for his actions.

The call

OP: Operator SC: Shane Clarke
OP: Ambulance emergency – is the patient conscious and breathing?
(Unintelligible)
OP: Go ahead caller.
SC: Hello?
OP: Hello? What’s happened.
SC: Uh, I’ve just stabbed the missus.
OP: You’ve what, sorry?
SC: I’ve just stabbed the missus.
OP: You’ve what?
SC: I’ve just stabbed the missus!
OP: You’ve stabbed your missus?
SC: Yeah…
(pause)
OP: Is she bleeding?
SC: She’s… (chuckles) I think she’s gone! (Laughs)
OP: What do you mean, you think she’s gone?
SC: I think she’s dead mate!
OP: Is she responding to you?
SC: Nah, not anymore.
OP: Is she breathing?
SC: No.
OP: She’s not breathing at all?
SC: I’m not in the house.
OP: Are you able to go to her?
SC: (aggravated) I’m not in the house anymore.
OP: Can you go to her?
SC: No. Look, I’m really f****d up-
OP: Can you please go in the house to her? I need to establish whether she’s bleeding.
SC: I’m not there!
OP: Can you go into the house?
SC: Nah…
SC: She’s not breathing. She’s not. (Laughs)
OP: Well, can you go and look?
SC: No. I don’t wanna go back there.
OP: So you can’t go in to her?
SC: No, I’m not gonna.

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