Husband charged with murder of solicitor in Suffolk family home

The husband of a solicitor shot inside her family home in Suffolk has been charged with her murder.

Silke Hartshorne-Jones, in her early 40s, was found by emergency services in a critical condition inside her home in Barham shortly after 4.45am on Sunday. She was then rushed to Ipswich Hospital, but later died of her injuries.

She leaves behind her twin sons, aged eight. Neighbours stated that she had been a ‘devoted mother’ to her children.

Officers arrested Peter Hartshorne-Jones, 51, he has now been charged with her murder.

He runs his own business called Hartshorne Fine English Shotguns selling what his website describes as ‘the finest sporting English and Scottish shotguns’. He also has a recruitment company providing staff for the catering industry.

Hartshorne-Jones will appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, Suffolk Police said.

He had lived together with Ms Hartshorne-Jones in a Grade Two listed 17th century home in Barham. The property remained cordoned off by police on Monday.

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: ‘It’s a tragedy what’s happened. We’re a close community here.’

Another resident added: ‘What has happened is just awful beyond words. It is the last thing you expect in a peaceful village like this.’

Mrs Hartshorne-Jones worked as a lawyer for technology company K2 Partnering Solutions, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Neighbours said she would leave the house at around 5.30am every morning to commute to work and would return in the early evening, but had been at home since lockdown started.

Kevin Terry, 53, who lived close to the family, said: ‘When they moved in a couple of weeks after we bought our house, one of the first things he asked me was, “Do you shoot?” I don’t so that was the end of the conversation.

‘He worked from home and always boasted that he had three different companies including his gun company and recruitment business. I know he sold guns from the house and he had a secure gun cupboard.

‘I used to see Silke every Sunday when she would walk up to the village green. She would always wave and say hello.’

Anyone with further information about the murder is asked to contact Suffolk Police, quoting crime reference 37/24434/20, on 101 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.