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Blackpool man admits killing wife with statue

Frederick Gilliard
Image caption Frederick Gilliard hit his wife Josephine with the statue from Easter Island

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.

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