BREAKING NEWS: West Chiltington man pleads guilty to manslaughter of wife

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A WEST Chiltington man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibilty.

William Thomas Allen, 67, of Nyetimber Lane, West Chiltington, appeared at Lewes Crown Court today (January 26) and pleaded guilty to the charge following the death of his wife in June last year.

Judge Richard Brown imposed a hospital order on Allen, along with a restriction order which means that the MoJ will determin his release date rather than the hospital.

Detective Chief Inspector Trevor Bowles, who lead the investigation, said: “This was a tragic set of events. Sadly we will never know the real reason why Mr Allen killed his wife in a moment of extreme violence.

“I believe justice has been served today as the hospital order imposed on Allen will ensure he is treated in a mental health unit without any limit of time.”

Allen was arrested on suspicion of murder on June 9, 2011, after calling the emergency services from his home at around 2.40pm. When officers arrived, they found him in the hallway of the six-bedroom rented property with knife injuries to his legs.

The body of 64-year-old Linda Allen was found with head injuries lying in a bed upstairs. There was blood throughout the house.

Allen was initially taken to Worthing Hospital for treament and was then taken into custody.

He was charged on Sunday, June 12, with the murder of Linda Allen and remanded back into custody.

The post-mortem conducted on Mrs Allen showed she had died of head injuries and stab wounds to the chest.