Mother-in-Law of Man Accused of Killing Wife With a Crowbar Says He 'Deserved a Medal'

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A British man who bludgeoned his wife to death with a crowbar "deserved a medal" for putting up with her, the victim's own mother has told a court.

Ann Marie Pomphret, 49, was found dead in the stables she and her husband David Pomphret owned in Warrington, Cheshire, in England on November 2, 2018.

Pomphret, 51, denies murdering Ann Marie—who was known as Marie to her friends and family—but has pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to a "loss of self-control," the BBC reported.

"David was an angel. He deserved a medal for putting up with Marie," Ann Marie's mother Carol Buckley said in a statement read to the jury at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday, the Warrington Guardian reported.

"I could not have wished for a better son-in-law or dad for Megan."

In her statement, Buckley said the couple married in 1997 and shared an interest in horses. She said Ann Marie was the "driving force" in the relationship.

She also said that three years before her death, her daughter had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome—which can have an impact on social skills.

Buckley said her daughter could easily get annoyed and block her on Facebook over something she had said.

Buckley's partner Kenneth Crane also gave evidence to the court on Thursday, according to the Warrington Guardian.

In a statement, he described Ann Marie as a "Jekyll and Hyde character." He added: "She was like a volcano, she could erupt at any time without warning."

Ann Marie Pomphret
Ann Marie Pomphret. Cheshire Police

Crane described Pomphret as a "very quiet bloke" who didn't speak much.

According to the BBC, Pomphret called police on November 2, 2018, and claimed to have found his wife lying in a pool of blood at their stables. He told the operator: "There is brain and blood everywhere."

Pomphret, a technology expert with Barclays, was arrested after police were called to the stables in Old Alder Lane in Burtonwood.

Cheshire Police said he was subsequently bailed pending further enquiries before he was charged with murder on April 3, 2019.

An autopsy found Ann Marie died from severe head injuries caused by more than 30 blows to the head, the BBC reported.

Prosecutor Gordon Cole QC told the jury that her death was not due to a temporary loss of control but due to David Pomphret's "loss of temper," according to the BBC.

The defense claims that Pomphret "snapped" after suffering sustained periods of physical and verbal abuse from his wife.

Defense barrister Richard Pratt told the jury earlier this week that Pomphret was "a quiet man who finally snapped," according to the Warrington Guardian.

The trial continues.

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