Pensioner admits killing his wife

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A 72-year-old man has pleaded guilty to killing his wife at their Nottinghamshire home last December.

Peter Thurgarland, who had previously been considered unfit to plead, admitted causing the death of 70-year-old Julia, who was found dead at their home in the small village of Maplebeck on 28th December 2012.

She had been strangled.

In May this year a Finding of Fact hearing concluded that the father-of-three was responsible for the death.

He was admitted to a psychiatric unit for treatment until which time he would be fit to enter a plea.

He appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today (Friday 13th September) after being deemed fit.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to diminished responsibility.

The case has been adjourned and he remains at a secure psychiatric unit while further mental health assessments are carried out.

The next court date is scheduled for Friday 11th October.