89-year-old stabbed wife to death

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

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.

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