Tuesday 28 March 2017

'From every angle a tragedy' - man (87) who shot his wife (81) dead in care home sentenced to six years in psychiatric hospital

Rita King whose husband, Ronald King, 87, who shot his wife dead at the De La Mer House in Naze Park Road, Walton-on-the-Naze, on December 28 2015
Rita King whose husband, Ronald King, 87, who shot his wife dead at the De La Mer House in Naze Park Road, Walton-on-the-Naze, on December 28 2015

Sam Russell

A pensioner who shot his 81-year-old wife dead at a care home has been sentenced to six years in a psychiatric hospital.

Ronald King, 87, shot his wife of 50 years in the communal television room of De La Mer House in Naze Park Road Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, on December 28, 2015.

His wife's severe dementia had worsened in the months before her death, and King was also suffering from Alzheimer's - which affected his ability to form judgments, Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

King, of Cedar Close, Walton-on-the-Naze, denied murder at an earlier hearing, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility or by survivor of a suicide pact.

Judge Charles Gratwicke, sentencing, said: "This was from every angle a tragedy."

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