Hullbridge pensioner jailed for murder of wife

An 82 year-old Hullbridge man has been jailed for 14 years for the murder of his wife.

Robert Lewis was found guilty by a majority jury on Thursday January 28 following a two-week trail at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Janet Lewis, 76, was beaten in her bed by her then 80-year-old husband, before he fatally stabbed her several times in the neck at their home in Padgetts Way, Hullbridge, on September 1, 2019.

The couple had been married for more than 50 years.

During the trial, the court was told Lewis suffered from some cognitive impairment, but had convinced himself he had dementia.

Following his arrest by detectives, Lewis claimed to have no recollection of killing his wife, but a majority of the jury found that not to be the case.

Senior Investigating Officer DCI Julie Gowen, of Essex Police’s Rayleigh Major Crime Team, said: “The family of Janet and Robert Lewis have had their lives changed forever. In a way, they lost two of their loved ones following the horrific events of September 2019.

“Our thoughts are with them as they come to terms with the conclusion of this tragic case.”

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Mick Ferris

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