A “controlling” mother who drowned her “miracle” twins in a bath after her husband left her was today jailed for 10 years.Samantha Ford, 38, became obsessed with losing her “perfect life” in Qatar and killed 23-month-olds Jake and Chloe on Boxing Day last year.Ford – described as “materialistic” during the sentencing hearing – left a suicide note before attempted to kill herself by driving into a lorry hours later in Margate, Kent.Her heartbroken husband Steven Ford, who attended the Old Bailey hearing, said her actions were the “ultimate punishment”.His wife admitted two counts of manslaughter by diminished responsibility, saying in a letter read to the court: “I’m in torment. The fact they are not alive because of me is the hardest part of all.”She showed little emotion as she was sentenced before a packed public gallery by Judge Andrew Edis QC.He said she would be transferred to a mental health ward and would serve the rest of her sentence in jail once she is discharged.He said: “You knew it would devastate him and I’m sure that’s one reason why you did it.“You had killed the children within half an hour of their return to you by their grandparents.“You killed them,… Read full this story
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