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Six years for OAP who shot his wife dead at her care home.

Post by Syl on Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:55 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-36883298


"An 87-year-old man who shot his wife dead at a care home has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Rita King, 81, who had dementia, died after being shot at De La Mer House, in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, in December.

Her husband, Ronald King, who has a mental health condition, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility."



Such a sad case. Is a prison sentence the answer?

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Post by eddie on Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:56 pm

If he has a mental health condition he shouldn't have faced trial, surely?

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Post by Syl on Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:30 pm

I don't believe he should have faced trial, and I think the judges comments prove he knows little about different types of dementia and confusion the elderly can  suffer from.
He was a good husband, they were a devoted couple....I think it's heartbreaking.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-36865867

"For decades, Ronald and Rita King had led quiet, happy lives.

After meeting at a dance class and becoming sweethearts, the pair married in 1956 and lived in Ilford before moving up the coast to Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex in 2012.

Stella Bone, 78, who lived opposite, said Mr King - who had been born without a forearm and hand on his left arm - was a "lovely man".

"He was always out gardening and it was amazing to see him balancing a watering can on his arm which ends at the elbow," she said.

Health issues started to play more and more of a role in Mr and Mrs King's lives as the years went by, with knee trouble for Rita leading to the loss of the use of her left leg.

Last year, with Mrs King's dementia worsening, she was moved into De La Mer House.

Julie Curtis, the home's manager, said Mr King "took everything in life head on" but had realised he could not cope with his wife's worsening condition.

"When he was a child, his mum told him there was nothing in life he wouldn't be able to do.

"He worked in many jobs, he would hang wallpaper, but when Rita deteriorated and he couldn't hold her up to wash her, dress her, clean her, it was the first time in his life his disability had a huge impact."







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Post by Angry Andy on Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:35 pm

Such a sad story. He loved her until the end. And afterwards too. He needs a care home, not a prison.

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Post by Syl on Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:40 pm

Handy Andy wrote:Such a sad story. He loved her until the end. And afterwards too. He needs a care home, not a prison.

Exactly.

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