Stowmarket: councillor jailed for wife's murder

18 July 2018, 11:32 | Updated: 18 July 2018, 12:12

Ipswich Crown Court

A former UKIP councillor who strangled his wife to death at their home in Stowmarket, months after she discovered he had an affair with their son's partner, has been sentenced to spend at least 14 years in prison.

Ex-Royal Marine Stephen Searle, 64, said his 62-year-old wife Anne Searle attacked him with a knife and he was defending himself, but jurors at Ipswich Crown Court took three-and-a-half hours to find him guilty of her murder.

The Honourable Mr Justice Green, sentencing Searle to life in prison with a minimum term of 14 years, told him: "Your actions have cause devastating waves of pain and anguish to crash through your entire family."

Searle, who had been married for 45 years, looked straight ahead and showed no reaction as his fate was read out.