A guy hid two knives in his socks and stabbed his wife to death in a mental institution that had gone astray.
Michael Cowey, 49, tempted Gemma’s mum-of-three to the former St Andrew’s Hospital site in Norwich, Norfolk, under the pretence that he wanted to speak to her.
When he questioned her about relationship problems, however, an argument started.
Cowey told officers when interviewed by police that he took the blades that were hidden in his socks and stabbed her in her back and neck more than 20 times. He fled from the scene then.
In the old hospital mortuary, the devoted mum was discovered with significant injuries by members of the public.
Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were called, but she was pronounced dead at the scene on 19 June this year, despite the best efforts of paramedics.
Three hours later, 120 miles away in Warwickshire, Cowey was detained by police and taken to a police station in Norfolk in order to be questioned.
Gemma had died as a result of stab wounds, a post mortem examination revealed.
On Friday, November 5, Cowey appeared at Norwich Crown Court and pleaded guilty to her murder, as well as to the possession of two knives.
He had been previously found incompetent to join pleas, but ultimately a psychological study determined that he was competent to do so. He will be convicted on December 11 by a high court judge.
Lina Smith, Gemma’s mum, was in court for the hearing and said that “no sentence is ever going to be enough.”
We, Gemma’s family, claim that the Norwich Crown Court’s guilty plea hearing today is the result we were hoping for. We are now preparing for the greatest possible sentence that will go some way to help us with the tragedy of what has happened to our Gemma. No sentence is ever going to be adequate,’ she said.
“A” devoted mummy “and” loving big sister “was identified as Gemma, who was also known as Gemma Lynne Marjoram.
An earlier family statement said: “On Friday, June 19, our beautiful girl, Gemma Lynne Marjoram, was cruelly taken away from our lives.”
Gemma, the devoted mummy of three girls, Kacie, Callum and Abigail, and Joanne and Kimberley ‘s caring big sister.
“We are heartbroken beyond. We don’t have any more words.’
The Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team (MIT) Det Insp Lewis Craske said: “It was a cowardly assault that was orchestrated, so he took two knives to the scene.”
“While Cowey saved the family from the ordeal of a trial, because of the thorough investigation into the circumstances of this offence and his past relationships, his plea was forced upon him.”
A crowdfunding appeal was set up to help pay for her funeral following the death of the customer advisor, hitting its £ 5,000 target in just three days. Via contributions, a total of £6,787 was raised.
It was founded by Sophie Baldwin, who was Gemma’s former schoolfriend.
She said, “Thank you for your help and encouragement, we’ve done a great job of raising that much.” Please keep sharing, please.
The Norfolk County Asylum used to be known as St Andrew’s Hospital, where Gemma was discovered and dates back to the 19th century.
In 1998, it closed and some of the Grade II buildings listed were converted into homes.
Until 2007, the principal building, St Andrews House, was used as offices and placed up for sale in January 2011.