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A man was today found guilty over the death of his partner after a bondage game went wrong at a Welsh holiday resort.

Warren Martin Coulton, 52, tied-up Claire Wright during a drug and drink fuelled session at a luxury lodge.

However, he fell asleep while she was still restrained and she suffocated to death.

Coulton found her dead when he woke up but fled the scene.

During his seven day trial, the court heard Coulton had put a sock in her mouth and may have taped it up, reports North Wales Live.

Ms Wright’s body was found in a bed by staff at the Herons Lake Retreat near Caerwys in Flintshire on July 16, 2018.

It was later determined she had died from asphyxia.

The prosecution argued that Coulton, an operations manager at a window and office cleaning business, committed a breach of his duty of care towards his partner of five years which was so “exceptionally bad” that it deserved a “criminal sanction”.

Prosecutor Caroline Rees QC said the couple brought what Coulton called “toys” – including ties, red tape, white tape and gloves – along to the resort for bondage sessions.

She said Coulton, who was 12 years older, was the “dominant” partner.

Today a jury at Mold Crown Court found Coulton guilty of the manslaughter by gross negligence of mum-of-two Claire.

The jury of seven men and five women took less than two hours to return their verdict.

Relatives in the first floor public gallery gave fist pumps of satisfaction when the jury foreman delivered their decision.

The judge Mr Justice Simon Picken sentenced Coulton, of Buck Lane, Baildon, near Bradford, jailed him for six years for the crime.

Sentencing Coulton, the Judge noted that while there was a sock inside the victim’s mouth during the fatal incident, he said that there was doubt over whether her mouth had been taped up.

“Either way, you were negligent and grossly so,” he added.

“It was your choice to drink to excess and take drugs.

“You did not have to do these things (but they have had) disastrous consequences.

The judge also said Coulton was aware that there was a risk of him falling asleep after drinking while the victim was tied up (during the bondage session) but he took that risk anyway.

Defence barrister, Adam Kane QC, noted that the partners were engaged in a consensual activity when the mortal offence occurred.

He added: “There’s no doubt these tragic circumstances were not desired and the outcome not sought by this defendant.”

After sentencing, the judge thanked the jurors following the seven-day trial.

He told them: “Serving on a jury is a very important public function.

“You may think, as I think, that serving on a jury in a case of this seriousness makes it an even more important function.

“So I thank you on behalf of the system for having done what you have done.”