UKIP councillor homicide trial: Stephen Searle had affair (News)

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UKIP member Stephen Searle was elected to Suffolk County Council in 2013

A former UKIP councillor strangled his spouse to dying after she found he was having an affair with their son’s associate, a court docket has heard.

Stephen Searle, 64, denies murdering Anne Searle, who was discovered suffocated at their house in The Brickfields, Stowmarket, Suffolk, on 30 December.

Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, stated the invention of the affair “would have put appreciable pressure on the wedding”.

Ipswich Crown Courtroom jurors had been advised Mr Searle stated he acted in self-defence.

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Anne Searle was discovered useless at house in Stowmarket minutes after police took a name from Mr Searle, the court docket heard

Mr Jackson stated Mr Searle, a former Royal Marine and Suffolk county councillor, had been working at a bowling alley together with his son Gary.

Gary Searle was in a relationship together with his colleague Anastasia Pomiateeva and the couple “had kids however by no means married”, the court docket heard.

Stephen Searle started an affair with Ms Pomiateeva in April final 12 months and stored it hidden, however the remainder of the household came upon about it in June.

Mr Jackson stated: “The prosecution case is that on that Saturday night time [30 December] there had in all probability been yet one more row between the 2 of them and in anger the defendant strangled his spouse to dying.”

‘I’ve killed my spouse’

The court docket heard the defendant and his spouse had been married for 45 years and had three sons.

The prosecution stated Mr Searle had skilled in unarmed fight with the Royal Navy and knew methods to carry out a choke maintain.

“It is that approach the prosecution say the defendant in all probability used to kill his spouse,” stated Mr Jackson.

He advised the court docket the defendant had referred to as police to say “I’ve simply killed my spouse” and that Mrs Searle had posted a message on Fb which stated “Completely satisfied Christmas… I hope I’ll nonetheless be right here in 2018. We’ll see”.

The trial continues.

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