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Man jailed over sex game death

A man who strangled his girlfriend by accident in a sex game gone wrong has been jailed for four years.

Daniel Lancaster, 25, said Anna Banks, 23, enjoyed being throttled during intercourse and he would play along with her demands to satisfy her.

He was said to have panicked when he realised she was not going to wake up after a sex session and he left her body in his bed for more than 24 hours before alerting the emergency services.

A jury at Manchester Crown Court cleared him of murder this week.

Lancaster, of Hawley Street, Colne, Lancashire, had pleaded guilty to manslaughter at the start of the trial.

The victim's body was discovered just after midnight on December 22 last year when Lancaster called for an ambulance.

His barrister, Dennis Watson QC, described his client as "inadequate" and "naive" for not summoning up the courage to make the call earlier. He said Lancaster was scared because he had had sex with her in this way many times before without consequence and had now lost his best friend.

The Crown had alleged Lancaster made a prison confession to a cellmate that he had murdered Miss Banks because he suspected she was cheating on him with another man.

The couple had been in a relationship for four months and lived in separate flats in a home for vulnerable adults.

Following sentencing, Detective Inspector Mark Rothwell, from the Force Major Investigation Team, said: "Daniel Lancaster quite rightly deserves to be behind bars and I hope that today's outcome will go some way to helping Anna's family come to terms with their loss."

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