A man left his partner to die after an extreme sex session he was filmed saying: "You can’t breathe just how I like it."
Warren Coulton, 52, has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence for refusing to untie his suffocating partner before going to sleep after a drug-fuelled night of sex games.
Coulton and mum-of-two Claire Wright had drunk brandy and vodka and taken cocaine and MDMA before engaging in bondage in a hotel room, which they filmed on a camcorder.
Recovered footage showed Coulton laughing off his partner's struggle to breathe, and waking up the next morning to find her dead, NorthWalesLive reports.
Coulton, of Buck Lane, Baildon West Yorkshire, and Ms Wright booked a luxury lodge at Herons Lake Retreat near in Flintshire, Wales on July 16, 2018.
Prosecutor Caroline Rees QC at Mold Crown Court said the couple brought what Coulton called "toys" including ties, red tape, white tape, and gloves for bondage sessions.
She said: "Restraint and bondage were part of this couple’s sex life. The defendant took gratification from pushing the boundaries of the former.
"The couple had engaged in sexual activity involving the use of restraints on Claire Wright that night."
She said Coulton – who was described as the "dominant" partner in the relationship – had bound her hands behind her back and put a sock in her mouth.
Ms Wright was, therefore "rendered helpless and extremely vulnerable, particularly given the background of drink and drugs".
The jury were told footage from their stay was later found on their Sony camcorder.
It showed Ms Wright wearing a red catsuit, with her hands tied behind a back and "dancing" at the retreat.
But the prosecutor Ms Rees said one clip features Ms Wright saying she didn’t want a hood put on her during the game because it scared her.
In another clip, she said: "Chillingly, in the light of what was to happen (later that night) the defendant (Coulton) can be heard to say 'You can’t breathe and you can’t move – just how I like it'."
Then Coulton allegedly says: "You carrying on with your dying stuff, it really puts a f****** dampener on my w****."
Some clips had been deleted but a police data retrieval expert got them back, the court heard.
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On the night Ms Wright died, the prosecutor Ms Rees QC said of Coulton: "He left her gagged and restrained. He was her only safety net and he knew it but he did not care, exposing her to the obvious risk of asphyxia."
The following morning, Coulton was said to have used "lifeless" Ms Wright’s mobile phone to text Herons Lodge reception to ask for another night’s stay. The prosecutor said the text was made by "cool-headed" Coulton to "conceal" his movements.
Staff refused the request for another night’s stay because Herons Lake Retreat was booked up. One worker saw Coulton then drive away, it was said.
Ms Wright was left to be discovered by unsuspecting cleaning and maintenance staff on Monday, July 16, 2018.
The prosecutor said: "Her body was found naked, abandoned, and alone."
Coulton was sentenced at Mold Crown Court on Wednesday to six years in prison for gross negligence manslaughter
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