Man, 90, spared jail after repeatedly stabbing his frail wife because he could not cope with the pressure of caring for her
A 90-year-old man who repeatedly stabbed his blind and frail wife whereas she slept because he could not cope with caring for her has been spared jail.
Retired butcher Edward Turpin used a carving knife to assault Joan Turpin, 90, in mattress at their house in Orpington, Kent, on September 22, 2021.
She suffered a number of wounds, with one of the blows inflicting her lung to break down.
The Outdated Bailey heard it was “a matter of luck” she was not killed.
In a video interview recorded whereas she was in hospital, Mrs Turpin mentioned: “He woke me up with the knife in my chest telling me he couldn’t take any extra.”
Mrs Turpin, who has misplaced her eyesight, suffers diabetes and wishes a catheter, had develop into more and more depending on her husband’s assist earlier than the assault.
The court docket heard they’d been fortunately married for practically 70 years.
Mrs Turpin has been in a care house since the knife assault and is simply capable of communicate to her husband over the phone.
Giving proof, Turpin mentioned he could not keep in mind the stabbing and that he did not do it with the intention to kill his wife. He insisted the “final thing” he wished was to hurt her.
He was cleared of tried homicide however discovered responsible of a lesser offence of wounding on the foundation he was reckless as to the accidents she would possibly maintain.
The pensioner was not in court docket for the verdicts, having develop into unwell after giving his proof in August.
On Wednesday, September 21, he was sentenced in his absence after being admitted to hospital with a chest an infection and pneumonia.
Decide Alexia Durran handed Turpin two years’ custody suspended for two years.