London: BT boss killed wife for putting ‘x’ on message to builder

Leslie Winnister had ‘misplaced contact with actuality’ by the point he bludgeoned spouse Suzanne (Photos: Rex/PA)

A rich former BT government who killed his spouse of practically 40 years after changing into paranoid she was having an affair with the handyman has been locked up indefinitely.

Leslie Winnister, 69, had ‘misplaced contact with actuality’ by the point he bludgeoned 66-year-old Suzanne Winnister with a marble chopping board at their house in Bexley, Kent, on September 8 final 12 months.

Mrs Winnister was present in a pool of blood within the kitchen of their massive indifferent home, with a autopsy examination later discovering she had died from extreme head and neck accidents.

The tragedy got here six days after mentally unwell Winnister was assessed by a nurse who organized an extra overview in every week – the day after his spouse’s dying.

On the Previous Bailey on Friday, Winnister was handed a hospital order with out restrict of time having pleaded responsible to manslaughter by diminished duty.

Decide Wendy Joseph QC instructed him: ‘The occasions that led to her dying had been an unmitigated tragedy for her, for you and for household and mates of you each who can barely convey themselves to consider what has occurred.’

She outlined Winnister’s contact with well being companies within the weeks earlier than the killing, culminating in an evaluation by a nurse on September 2 wherein he appeared anxious and paranoid.

Decide Joseph mentioned: ‘An additional overview was deliberate for one week’s time. Too late. Six days later he killed his spouse.

‘Not solely was this man palpably unwell, everybody knew it. It was obvious earlier than and through the time he killed.’

Leslie Winnister was locked up indefinitely on the Previous Bailey (Image: Shutterstock)

Earlier, prosecutor Invoice Emlyn Jones QC instructed how the couple’s relationship had deteriorated in late 2019 after Mrs Winnister despatched a textual content to her husband meant for the handyman.

Mr Emlyn Jones mentioned: ‘The defendant questioned her in regards to the “x” with which she had signed off, which she defined was an informal gesture which she in actual fact routinely utilized in textual content messages to one and all.’

Throughout the lockdown final spring and summer time, their relationship turned ‘insupportable’, with ‘paranoid’ Winnister once more wrongly accusing his spouse of infidelity, making an attempt to poison his meals and swapping his Rolex watches for fakes.

On August 4 final 12 months, he attacked the handyman with a crowbar earlier than fleeing his house.

No additional motion was taken after the handyman declined to make an announcement and Winnister moved right into a lodge for 5 weeks.

Throughout that point, numerous makes an attempt had been made to have the defendant assessed, and on August 19 his GP requested an pressing psychiatric overview, the court docket heard.

On September 6, Mrs Winnister allowed her husband to return again house after she turned involved he was not consuming or taking care of himself.

Two days later, Mrs Winnister instructed her greatest buddy Beverley Johnson that he had been ‘terrible’ and was behaving unusually.

Mrs Winnister died from extreme head and neck accidents (Image: PA)

That night time, September 8, relations turned involved and Mrs Winnister was present in a pool of blood with accidents to her head and throat.

The defendant had gone to the close by King’s Head pub for a pint and a packet of crisps and was later discovered strolling by way of a churchyard with blood on his garments.

As he was arrested, he instructed officers: ‘I’ve simply had a horrible day.’

Giving proof, psychiatrist Dr Nigel Blackwood assessed the defendant as affected by a delusional dysfunction with melancholy.

On the time of the killing, Winnister was psychotic having ‘fully misplaced contact with actuality’, he mentioned.

Decide Joseph quizzed him about Winnister’s contact with well being professionals, who did not recognise the danger he posed to his spouse.

She mentioned: ‘So when a nurse says go away and are available again in seven days’ time, it doesn’t happen to anybody in six days’ time he can have introduced his spouse’s life to an finish?

‘It’s clearly a tragedy. Was it a preventable tragedy in your judgment?’

Dr Blackwood recommended that if Winnister had seen a psychiatrist relatively than an previous age service nurse, extra used to in search of indicators of dementia, the dangers would have been clear.

In a sufferer influence assertion, Mrs Winnister’s greatest buddy Mrs Johnson wept as she described her as a ‘very caring and thoughtful individual’.

She mentioned: ‘I simply can’t consider that she has gone. The horror of how she should have been feeling at the moment won’t ever go away me. She should have been terrified.’

Member of the family Simon Cox, who discovered her physique, condemned the killing as ‘brutal, callous and cowardly’.

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