Jury hears of shock­ing phone call with mur­der ac­cused

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A hus­band be­set with money trou­bles told his boss in a chill­ing phone call ‘ I think I’ve killed my wife’, a jury heard . Michael Car­roll ( 60) de­nies the mur­der of his wife Liz. The pros­e­cu­tion al­leges he stran­gled his 64- year- old wife at their home in Kings Road, Flet­ton, Peter­bor­ough.

Aman charged with mur­der told his boss he could not turn up for work be­cause he had killed his wife, a court has been told. Michael Car­roll of Kings Road, Flet­ton, Peter­bor­ough, is ac­cused of killing his wife. Elis­a­beth at their home on May 24 last year.

Her body was dis­cov­ered in the liv­ing room af­ter Car­roll told his boss: “I think I’ve killed Liz.”

Car­roll pleaded not guilty to mur­der at a pre­vi­ous hear­ing.

Thetrial started last week at Cam­bridge Crown Court, and the jury were told how Car­roll’s col­leagues at Mac Print Fin­ish­ing, where he worked as a laminator for 11 years, had de­scribed the 60- year- old as be­ing stressed and very quiet in the two weeks lead­ing up to Mrs Car­roll’s death.

Mac Print Fin­ish­ing se­nior part­ner, Ver­non MacFarlane said: “About two weeks prior to this in­ci­dent he was quite ner­vous. Hewasn’t a happy man be­cause he said he had prob­lems with his mort­gage.

“He said he had been to the bank and he had been told he had to pay £ 75,000 back in five years.

“I made an ap­point­ment for him to go and see Ci­ti­zens’ Ad­vice, but he did not go.

“He had got to the stage where he found it dif­fi­cult to

Ken­neth Rid­parr

“He said ‘ I’ve messed up. I’m go­ing to lose my home’ and ‘ I’ve let Liz down’.”

com­mu­ni­cate with peo­ple.

“He just kept say­ing £75,000 over and over.

“On May 23 he seemed to be talk­ing to peo­ple again, and I thought he was coming out of what­ever he had been through.

“He was still not him­self, but I thought he was get­ting bet­ter.”

He added that at one point he had been so wor­ried about Car­roll he had sent him home from work, and con­tacted Mrs Car­roll – which he had never had to do in the pre­vi­ous 11 years Car­roll had worked at the small print­ing firm.

Mr MacFarlane said he had been shocked when Car­roll said he had killed his wife, and did not be­lieve she was dead.

He said: “On May 24 I got to work late be­cause I had been to the den­tist.

“I ar­rived at 9.45 a mand saw Michael’s bike was not there.

“He is nor­mally punc­tual

boss he was killed my wife’ and turns up. I phoned him, and he was hy­per­ven­ti­lat­ing. He was not speak­ing clearly.

“He said he was not very well. I said he should go and see a doc­tor, but he­said ‘ It’s too late for that. I think I’ve killed Liz’.

“I asked if he had called po­lice or the am­bu­lance and he said he hadn’t.

“I didn’t be­lieve she was dead. I was very shocked.”

The court also heard from Ken­neth Rid­parr, a dye- maker at Mac Print Fin­ish­ing, who had worked with Car­roll for eight years at the firm, which is based in Sabre Way, Fen­gate, Peter­bor­ough.

He said: “He was gen­er­ally a de­cent­bloke. Re­li­able, acon­sci­en­tious worker. He was a lit­tle set in his ways, a lit­tle old fash­ioned, but that isn’t a badthing. He was quite talk­a­tive.

“But in the weeks lead­ing up to May 24 he changed. We were in the can­teen one day, and he was up­set and clearly dis­tressed.

“Hes­tarted to talk about his mort­gage. He said ‘ I’ve messed up. I’m go­ing to lose my home’ and ‘ I’ve let Liz down’.

“Afterthathe­wasad­if­fer­ent per­son. I’ve nev­er­wit­nessedany­thing like it. He wasn’t talk­ing toany­one, hewasn’tre­spond­ing to peo­ple.

“But on Wed­nes­day, May 23 it did seem like he was im­prov­ing.

“He col­lected the lot­tery money from ev­ery­one which he had not done for a cou­ple of weeks.

“I thought he was get­ting to grips with what­ever was trou­bling him.”

An­drew Jack­son, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court An­gus MacFarlane, Ver­non’s brother and an­other se­nior part­ner in the firm had called the po­lice, who at­tended the ad­dress with an am­bu­lance crew shortly af­ter 10am.

Mr Jack­son said: “Po­lice knocked on the door. He an­swered wear­ing his py­ja­mas.

“He­said­he­had­stran­gled­his wife Elis­a­beth at about 7am. He did not say why he had done it.

“If he had done it at 7am, then three hours had gone by. He­had­not­pickedupthe­p­hone to sum­mon­help, to call med­i­cal ser­vices. He had not gone next door to raise the alarm.

“He was t hen t aken t o Thorpe Wood Po­lice Sta­tion, where he was in­ter­viewed un­der cau­tion. He gave a no com­ment at in­ter­view.”

Mr Jack­son said i t was likely Car­roll would be us­ing the di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity de­fence, which, if suc­cess­ful, would re­duce the mur­der charge to manslaugh­ter.

The trial con­tin­ues.

Liz Car­roll

Elis­a­beth Car­roll

The cou­ple’s home in Flet­ton.

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