79-year-old man convicted of killing his wife at their Bexhill home Brighton News

A MAN has been sentenced after his wife was found dead at their home.

John Smith, 79, of Watermill Lane, Bexhill, admitted at an earlier hearing to manslaughter on account of his wife’s attenuated liability with unlawful possession of a .22 revolver.

Carol Smith, 75, was found dead at the address on February 6, 2021.

Emergency services were called to the address where they found the body and an autopsy confirmed the death was caused by a gunshot found at the scene.

John Smith was also found at the address, having been shot in the head with the same gun and was taken straight to hospital for ongoing treatment.

He was arrested and then questioned on bail.

At Lewes Crown Court today, Smith was issued a hospital order under Sections 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act, allowing him to be detained pending further assessment.

Detective Inspector Duncan Elliott of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crimes Unit said: ‘This was a tragic incident which has devastated the family, and our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time. On their behalf, we ask the media and the public to continue to respect their privacy.”

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This notice was published: 2022-03-28 15:40:23

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