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.”