Blackpool man admits killing wife with statue
A 75-year-old man who bludgeoned his wife with a garden statue has admitted manslaughter.
Frederick Gilliard hit his wife Josephine, 74, with the statue from Easter Island and stabbed her at their home in Blackpool on 5 February.
At Preston Crown Court, he admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
The court heard he had suffered a "major depressive episode which had caused a loss of control".
A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds and a blow to the head.
Mr Gilliard denied murder at a previous hearing and will be sentenced on 17 August.