I put my hands on her throat and didn’t let go


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A HUS­BAND stran­gled his wife to death and left her body on the liv­ing room floor for four hours af­ter she con­fessed to hav­ing an af­fair, a court heard.

Gary Brock­well, 48, throt­tled 46-year-old Gaynor Brock­well at their home in Croy­don, south London, in the early hours of Oc­to­ber 8 last year.

He then made a tearful phonecall to his son in which he said: “Your mum’s dead. She’s on the floor. She’s not breath­ing.’

His wife’s life­less body re­mained on the liv­ing room floor un­til later that morn­ing when his son ar­rived and called the emer­gency ser­vices, the Old Bai­ley heard.

When po­lice ar­rived to ar­rest the fa­ther-of-two, he ad­mit­ted: “My wife’s hav­ing an af­fair. I just blew out and put my hands round her throat. I didn’t stop. I didn’t let go.”

On the night of the killing, the cou­ple went drink­ing at a pub be­fore re­turn­ing home af­ter mid­night.

Prose­cu­tor­john­m­cgui­ness said: “They went in­side, the two of them alone to­gether, and once in­side they put the ra­dio on and be­gan danc­ing.

“Then Gaynor said to him, ‘You know how much I love you but I’m see­ing some­one – I’m go­ing tonight’, at which point he said she stroked his face.

“He said he felt an­gry and pa­tro­n­ised,and­said­hes­napped.

“He then grabbed her round the throat with both hands, forc­ing her down to the floor. He said Gaynor was try­ing to re­move his hands but he was just hold­ing on.

“He said he never meant to kill her - he loved her, he idolised her.”

Brock­well, who claimed he had never been vi­o­lent to­wards his wife be­fore, de­nies mur­der on the grounds that he lacked in­tent to kill or cause griev­ous bod­ily harm, and sep­a­rately on the grounds of loss of con­trol.

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