Friday, 21 September 2018

Former PCC chairman admits killing wife

A FORMER chairman of Phyllis Court Club in Henley has admitted killing his wife

A FORMER chairman of Phyllis Court Club in Henley has admitted killing his wife.

Philip Williamson, 89, of Elm Lane, Lower Earley, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at Reading Crown Court on Thursday.

He was sentenced to a two-year suspended prison sentence.

Williamson, who was chairman of the private members’ club from 2001 to 2003, was arrested after police were called to their home at on November 21 last year.

His wife Josephine, 83, who was also a member of the club, had been pushed down the stairs and strangled.

Williamson, a retired vet, was founded with self-inflicted stomach injuries and taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

He was charged with murder in March.

The court heard that Mrs Williamson, a former PE teacher, had become increasing reliant on her husband and he did not want her to go into care.

He told police: "I did not want her to become a decrepit old hag. I loved her too much for that."

Det Insp Stuart Blaik, of Thames Valley Police, said: “Mr and Mrs Williamson had been married for more than 60 years in what has been described as a caring and loving marriage. It is terribly sad that Josephine’s life ended in such tragic circumstances.

“The Williamson family have been very supportive of the police investigation and co-operated throughout in extremely difficult and distressing circumstances.

“My condolences and those of Thames Valley Police remain with the family at this difficult time.”

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