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Ann Marie Pomphret stables murder: Husband guilty

Ann Marie Pomphret stables murder: Husband guilty

David Pomphret struck his wife Ann Marie 30 times with a crowbar
A man who battered his wife to death with a crowbar during a row has been found guilty of her murder.Ann Marie Pomphret, 49, was struck 30 times by her husband David at the stables they owned in Warrington, Cheshire, on 2 November.Mr Pomphret, 51, admitted killing his wife, but denied murder on the grounds of a temporary loss of control.Liverpool Crown Court heard he had been abused by his "highly volatile" wife whose mental health had deteriorated.Richard Pratt QC, defending, told the 10-day trial Pomphret faced longstanding "vocal and sometimes violent" abuse from his wife.
The jury heard the couple met on Mrs Pomphret's 21st birthday and were happily married with an 18-year-old daughter.However, over the course of their 22-year marriage, his wife's physical and mental health deteriorated.Pomphret said his wife could go from being happy to depressed "in minutes" and become "very angry, very quickly".
Burtonwood
Winwick
Cheshire
Warrington
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