Man admits killing wife of 60 years in Lower Earley

Forensic examinations taking place in Elm Lane, Lower Earley Image copyright Wokingham Paper
Image caption Josephine Williamson, 83, was treated for injuries at the property in Elm Lane, Lower Earley, but died at the scene.

A man has admitted killing his elderly wife of more than 60 years by pushing her down the stairs and strangling her.

Josephine Williamson, 83, was treated for injuries at the house in Lower Earley, Berkshire in November but died at the scene.

Philip Williamson, 89, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at Reading Crown Court.

He was given a two year suspended jail sentence.

'Terribly sad'

Thames Valley Police said Williamson sustained self inflicted injuries to his stomach during the incident.

A post mortem found died Mrs Williamson from compression of the neck at the property in Elm Lane on 21 November.

Det Insp Stuart Blaik said the couple had a "caring and loving marriage" over more than 60 years.

"It is terribly sad that Josephine's life ended in such tragic circumstances.

"The Williamson family have been very supportive of the police investigation and cooperated throughout in extremely difficult and distressing circumstances," he said.

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