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Husband who shot his wife in care home to face court

Rita King
Rita King

A pensioner who shot his wife dead at a care home will appear in court today for a hearing as he awaits sentencing.

Ronald King, 87, killed his wife of 50 years Rita King, 81, at the home in Essex where she was a permanent resident. Mrs King's severe dementia had worsened in the month before her death.

King, of Cedar Close, Walton-on-the-Naze, denied murder but pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court to a lesser charge of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility or by being a survivor of a suicide pact.

The case is listed before Judge Charles Gratwicke at the same venue on Monday.

King shot his wife in the communal television room of De La Mer House in Naze Park Road, Walton-on-the-Naze, on December 28 2015.

Earlier court hearings have faced delays as King, who has only one arm and limited mobility, could not be brought from the cells as he was in a wheelchair.