FORDINGBRIDGE: Mum found guilty of murdering 3-year-old

FORDINGBRIDGE: Mum found guilty of murdering 3-year-old

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 2:39pm 15th March 2019. (Updated at 3:50pm 15th March 2019)

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Claire Colebourn drowned her daughter in the bath before attempting suicide in October 2017.

Winchester Crown Court heard the 36 year old had hit "rock bottom" after her husband ended their relationship.

Hampshire Police were called to a house in Whitsbury Road in the town on October 19th 2017 after a report of a concern for Bethan Colebourn's (pictured above) welfare.

The court hear how Claire Colebourn awoke Bethan in the early hours, led her to the bath and drowner her by holding her body down under the water.

She then made multiple suicide attempts.

Colebourn was discovered by her mother about 14 hours later, in a diabetic coma.

The little girl was taken to Salisbury District Hospital but couldn't be saved.

The former science teacher, now living in Oxford, has been convicted of murder today (15th March 2019).

Winchester Crown Court 6 (Mike Draper)
Claire Colebourn was found guilty at Winchester Crown Court

Colebourn did not react in court as the jury foreman read out the unanimous verdict.

The ex-sixth form teacher initially denied all memory of the incident, but later recalled how Bethan agreed to have a bath in the middle of the night at her mother's instruction, telling police:

"Sadly, my little girl trusted me completely."

She'll be sentenced on Monday morning (18th March 2019).

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