Wiltshire

Ex-Army officer admits killing wife at Wiltshire home

Police car and floral tributes outside the house in Durrington
Image caption Leonard Webb stabbed his wife Doreen at their home in Durrington in April

A retired Army officer has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his wife of more than 40 years after stabbing her to death at their home.

Leonard Webb, 68, entered his plea on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denied the murder of his 64-year-old wife Doreen.

Judge Keith Cutler at Winchester Crown Court said the plea had been accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service.

He attacked her at their home in Durrington, Wiltshire, last April.

Paramedics were unable to save her.

'Simply the best'

Judge Cutler remanded Webb in custody under a mental health detention order and adjourned the case until a later date to be set.

A sentencing hearing would be held at which psychiatric evidence would be presented.

A statement released by Mrs Webb's family after her death said: "Our mother and nanny was simply the best.

"They were happily married for over 44 years and shared so many precious moments together, travelling the world and being around for their family.

"We are all still trying to deal with, and understand, this situation."

Webb is understood to have been a colonel on his retirement from the Army and had run a military memorabilia business before his arrest.

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