r (Image: East Anglia News Service) Stephen Searle (Image: Suffolk Police) Searle denied murdering his wife but admitted to killing her in self defence (Image: Facebook) Read MoreRelated ArticlesStephen Searle: Chilling 999 call of ex-UKIP councillor who told cops its just the one of us now after killing wife Ipswich Crown Court heard how Searle and his wife of 45 years had been drinking heavily on the day of her death. Speaking in court, Searle said: I felt a stinging. I looked down and I saw a blade going backwards and forwards. “It was in Anne’s hand. She was stabbing me. I tried to grab it and she pulled her arm away. There was a lot of noise, shouting and hollering, and I was pleading with her to give me the knife. “We both stumbled. She fell backwards and I fell forwards. It was such madness. After strangling her in what prosecutors say was a military-style choke hold, he later went back into the house and “realised things were certainly not right”. He said: “She was a sort of grey colour. I held her hand and she was just limp. She was not warm. I had seen bodies before and I thought, ‘She’s gone’.” Jurors were earlier played the 999 call he made around an hour after the killing. Searle told the call handler: “I have just killed my wife... Suffocation.... bit of a bizarre situation. Former UKIP councillor Stephen Searle, an ex-Royal Marine, stood trial over the death of his wife Anne (Image: East Anglia News Service) Searle pictured with Nigel Farage (file picture) (Image: Facebook) Read MoreRelated ArticlesMan charged with murder of 86-year-old grandmother in her Birmingham home Searle told the police officer who arrested him: Sorry, I have been a very naughty boy”. He also told Ipswich Crown Court: : “Eventually she stopped struggling and I said thank ‘f’ for that. I said, ‘I am going to have a fag’. She didn’t reply. During the trial, Kelly Lawrence, who worked at a sushi food company with Anne, said her colleague found “sexy” texts sent by Searle and Anastasia. Anne took screenshots of the exchanges and uploaded them on Facebook before later deleting her posts. Ms Lawrence told the court: “I think she thought bet可乐时时彩_人工计划 ter of it being plastered all over the internet. I think in the end she confronted him about it. “She told me she had spoken to him. He admitted to it and said it was with their daughter in law.” Kelly claimed she saw “quite dark bruising” on Anne’s arms after her former UKIP Cllr Searle moved out to live with Gary and Anastasia. Police were called to the Suffolk property on the evening of December 30 (Image: Bury Free Press / SWNS.com) Read MoreRelated ArticlesNazi-obsessed teen who kept Big Book of Mischief bomb manual in swastika shrine bedroom admits terror offence Ms Lawrence added: “I asked how she got the bruising and said he had come back to the house to get medication and had tried to force his way in. He was grabbing and pushing her back. “She had called the police, but she wasn’t going to press charges against him because she wanted to make her marriage work and sort it out. “She said she had been married for so long, she was too old to start again and wanted to make it work. “Leading up to Christmas, she was happy, she had lost weight, stopped smoking and seemed really well. She said her life was good.” Witnesses told how Anne suspected Searle was having an
affair last June after hearing him on the phone in the middle of the night. She positioned mobile phones and tablets around their home to secretly record any calls made by her husband. Anne Searle, 62, was found dead at the family home in Stowmarket, Suffolk, on December 30 last year (Image: Facebook) Searle had been married to his wife for more than four decades when she was discovered dead at the property in The
Brickfields (Image: Bury Free Press / SWNS.com) Read MoreRelated ArticlesCop in high-speed chase shoots through windscreen of his own car in desperate bid to stop murder suspect After uncovering Searle’s affair the couple had violent rows, including one incident when Anne was allegedly pushed down the stairs. She also told another daughter-in-law Victoria Searle that Searle had threatened: “Ill kill you. I will. Anne allegedly replied: You wouldnt do that. Youre a weak man. You wouldnt be able to do it. Anne then started “wearing make up and dressing more nicely” in a bid to save her marriage. But Ipswich Crown Court heard the couple’s relationship deteriorated over the Christmas period last year. Anne told workmates she bought an expensive Christmas gift for her husband only to receive a 14 knitted hat and scarf in return. Searle is also said to have hurled their festive dinner into the bin on Christmas morning. Anne’s colleague Sally Cutting told the jury: “She had bought her husband an expensive gift and all he bought her was a 14 knitted
hat and scarf from Asda.