Wife stran­gler ‘flipped’ af­ter she told him of new af­fair


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A MAN who stran­gled his wife of 25 years when she told him she was hav­ing an af­fair has been jailed for a min­i­mum of 12 years.

Civil en­gi­neer­ing man­ager Gary Brock­well was left “an­gry and pa­tro­n­ised” when his child­hood sweet­heart Gaynor told him she was leav­ing him yet again for an­other man.

Gaynor had lived with other men be­fore but they al­ways got back to­gether.

The last time she promised she would not leave him again but af­ter a night drink­ing and danc­ing she told him of her lat­est fling.

Dur­ing a strug­gle Brock­well, 48, grabbed the thoat of 46-year-old Gaynor un­til she lay dead on the liv­ing room floor of the fam­ily home in Croy­don, south London last Oc­to­ber.

Be­fore his ar­rest he told an of­fi­cer “My wife was hav­ing an af­fair. I just blew it and put my hands round her throat.”

He later told of­fi­cers “I just never thought I would be ca­pa­ble of some­thing like that.”

Brock­well had de­nied mur­der but ad­mit­ted man­slaugh­ter claim­ing he “flipped and lost con­trol”.

Sen­tenc­ing him to life the judge said: “This case is a tragedy. You are not a vi­o­lent man. You have no crim­i­nal record and no ten­dency to vi­o­lence.

“This is a com­plete one-off.”

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