Husband Jailed Five Years For Manslaughter After Strangling His With Dressing Gown Cord

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A pensioner by name Anthony Williams who strangled his wife days into the first UK lockdown has been sentenced to five years in jail. Anthony Williams, 70, told police he ‘choked the living daylights’ out of his wife (Ruth), their home in Cwmbran, south Wales, on the morning of March 28 last year, after he ‘snapped’ following a period of feeling depressed and anxious.

Mr Anthony Williams was declared of murder on Monday following a trial in which a psychologist argued his anxiety ‘was heightened’ because of lockdown, which impaired his ability to exercise self-control.

On Thursday he appeared for sentencing at Swansea Crown Court after admitting manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

Picture of Anthony Williams

The sitting judge (Paul Thomas) said it was a ‘tragic case on several levels’, but in his view Williams’s mental state was ‘severely affected at the time’.

Judge Thomas stated;

“The overwhelming greatest tragedy here is a lady of 67 who had so much to live for, had her life ended by an act of great violence at the hands, literally, of a man she loved for very nearly 50 years”.

Williams told police he had suffered sleepless nights in the run-up to the attack due to ‘trivial’ fears, including that he would run out of money.

Picture of the wife of Anthony Williaqms



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