Barclays executive, 51, killed his wife, 49, killed with 30 hits from a crowbar & # 39; after he broke out of years of vocal and violent abuse when she called him useless & # 39;
- David Pomphret, 51, from Warrington, killed his wife with a crowbar
- The Barclays employee admitted that she killed Ann Marie, 49, but denies murder
- His defense team told Liverpool Crown Court that Mrs. Pomphret spent years on & # 39; vocal and violent abuse & # 39; had submitted, and added: & # 39; a quiet man finally broke & # 39;
A Barclays supervisor killed his wife with a crowbar at their horse stables after he & # 39; broken & # 39; had heard of all the abuse he suffered, a court heard.
David Pomphret, 51, bluffed his wife Ann Marie, 49, over 30 times with the metal crowbar after losing control, heard the Liverpool Crown Court.
Pomphret, who was associate vice president in technology for Barclays, admitted that he had murdered his wife, but denied murder on the grounds of a loss of self-control.
The defense unusually made an opening speech for the jury when the trial against Pomphret started.
Richard Pratt QC, defensively, said: “What happened was a case where a silent man finally broke and unfortunately he was a silent man with a tool in his hand.
& # 39; It was a crowbar. It led him to hit his wife repeatedly with a crowbar. & # 39;
David Pomphret (left), 50, is charged with the murder of his wife Ann Marie Pomphret after she was found deadly wounded in remote stables in Warrington, Cheshire, in November
Mr Pratt told the jury of seven women and five men that the suspect had been the model of restraint despite the fact that he was a long-term & # 39; vocal and sometimes violent & # 39; had seen his wife's abuse.
Mr. Pratt said the jury will hear from the couple's daughter, Megan, 18, who describes her father as & # 39; her rock & # 39; while her mother sometimes gives her a & # 39; thick snail & # 39; would call.
The defendant was a & # 39; quiet and calm & # 39; individual with a & # 39; flawless & # 39; character and & # 39; extraordinary powers of self-control & # 39 ;, the jury heard, despite the abuse of his wife by her & # 39; useless & # 39; husband.
However, Mrs. Pomphret had suffered cancer, was in the autism spectrum and could & # 39; very fleeting & # 39; are sometimes loving and warm and sometimes violent.
The family lived on Masefield Drive, Warrington, but also owned land with some stables nearby on Old Alder Lane, where they kept a number of horses.
On November 2, last year, Pomphret called 999 and claimed that he had found his wife in a pool of blood in the stables.
He said to the call handler: & # 39; There are brains and blood everywhere and it looks like her head was smashed. & # 39;
The family lived on Masefield Drive, Warrington, but also owned land with some stables nearby on Old Alder Lane, where they kept a number of horses
The suspect was arrested the following day and protested against his innocence.
Meanwhile, the police investigation continued with a detailed post mortem on the victim's body.
Pathologist Dr. Alison Armor concluded that Mrs. Pomphret died of a violent attack in which she sustained serious head injury caused by more than 30 multiple strokes on her head with a crowbar.
The victim also suffered injuries to her hand and arms.
During a hearing in May, Pomphret admitted the unlawful murder of his wife, but denied her murder.
However, Gordon Cole QC, prosecution, told the jury: & We say that this is not a loss of control, it can be a loss of patience, but not a loss of control. That is one, perhaps the most important problem. We say this is a murder case. & # 39;
The lawsuit was postponed until Tuesday morning.
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