89-year-old stabbed wife to death
AN 89-year-old man repeatedly stabbed his wife of 59 years to death, a jury has ruled.
Arthur Heywood killed his wife Barbara ‘as the last act of a failing marriage’, prosecutors said. Heywood was ruled unfit to stand trial because he has dementia.
Instead of the usual verdict process following a criminal trial, the jurors were asked whether they found that Heywood did or did not commit the act.
The foreman replied: “He did.” After Heywood killed his wife, he told a 999 operator: “I’ve shoved a knife in her because she’s been a bad woman. I just want you to take her away.”
A ‘trial of the facts’ at Manchester Crown Court heard that there were ‘significant tensions’ between the pair by the time of Mrs Heywood’s death, at their home on Ramsay Avenue in Farnworth, Bolton, on March 27.
Both were unwell, and Heywood was beginning to show signs of the ‘progressive dementia’ he suffers from now.
The case was adjourned until today, when a judge will decide on a disposal of the case. Because of his mental ill-health, Heywood will not be sent to jail.