A retired British factory worker, who confessed to strangling his wife just days after the first national lockdown of the Corona virus, was convicted of murder.
Anthony Williams, 70, told policemen in Wales that he was “literally choking on live daylight” from his 46-year-old wife, Ruth, at their Cumbran home on March 28, after five days of lockdown across the UK that he left ” Depressed The Independent reported.
Williams told investigators that he killed his 67-year-old wife after she “exploded” during an altercation. He had retired from his job as a factory worker 18 months earlier and had not been coping well in the aftermath, according to the report.
He told the officers at the scene: “I’m sorry, I just exploded.” “I’m sorry.”
According to The Sun, Williams strangled his wife with a tie rope, which also indicated that the horrific attack was the first reported killing. The prosecutor said he went to a neighbor’s house after the killing and confessed.
“She died, I killed her – we quarreled and I strangled her,” Williams reportedly told the operator. “You have to come right away.”
Police responders found Ruth Williams on the couple’s balcony while she was carrying a set of keys. Her death was later announced in the hospital, where doctors found bleeding in her eyes, face, and mouth, in addition to five fractures in her neck. I mentioned the sun.
During the trial, jurors heard records of Williams in which policemen insisted that his wife’s death “was not homicide,” claiming that he “did not intend” to kill her.
“I just flipped over, it wasn’t me,” Williams told the officers, according to The Sun. “I wouldn’t hurt a fly, I wasn’t, I’m not, and I don’t know what happened to me.”
A jury at a Swansea Williams court unanimously acquitted the murder on Monday.
The Independent reported that a psychiatrist testified that Williams’ anxiety and depression had been “heightened” by the strict lockdown of COVID-19 and affected his ability to control his actions.
Williams’ previous job was “one of the main coping mechanisms” with his “neurotic behavior,” psychologist Allison Waits reportedly told the court.
But another psychologist told jurors that Williams had no psychological defense of the murder, saying he had no history of depression.
“[Williams] Psychologist Damien Gamble told the court, “He knew what he was doing at the time.”
Meanwhile, the couple’s daughter said that she had feared that her father had been “out of control” for months, and told her that he believed that the couple would lose their home despite having no mortgage and savings in excess of $ 205,000. BBC reported.
Reportedly, the father, who had previously pleaded guilty to the crime of premeditated murder due to reduced liability, will be sentenced to a lesser charge by a judge on Thursday.