Died 18th September 2011
Jennie Leeman lived on Higher Cowley Farm farm in Parracombe, north Devon with her husband David (59) and their four children, where they ran a holiday lets business.They had lived there for more than 10 years, having moved there from the Midlands.
On Sunday 18th September 2011 Ms Leeman was shot and killed. David Leeman was arrested and charged with murder on the 20th September 2011.
Devon and Cornwall Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the case. A spokesman said: “Police attended a remote property located near Parracombe in north Devon following a reported domestic-related incident. On arrival police found the body of a woman aged in her 40s in the grounds of the property having sustained apparent gunshot wounds. A man in his 50s was located and arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder.”
Following the killing a source was quoted as saying: “There were rumours there were troubles in the marriage but Jennie was quite private about that type of thing.”
It is reported that witnesses heard up to four shots and that children playing nearby ran to a neighbour pleading for help, but by the time police and ambulances reached the scene Ms Leeman had died.
Friends of Mrs Leeman were said to have described her as lovely, very pretty and well-liked. One neighbour, in her 70s, was quoted as saying: “Jennie was absolutely devoted to her children. She was very friendly and always helping out with things in the village.”
It is unclear whether Ms Leeman’s children – two sons and two daughters, aged from six to 17 – were at the property or witnessed the shooting. David Leeman also has an adult son from a previous marriage.
In the immediate aftermath of the killing, police conducted high visibility patrols within the Parracombe area to offer reassurance to residents. Officers said the incident was “extremely rare”, and were working with the community to allay any concerns that residents may have.
This report has been drawn from reports in the Daily Mail, North Devon Gazette and Guardian Online.