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Castle Huntly wife killer Edwin Brown dies

Edwin Brown
Image caption Edwin Brown was serving seven years at Castle Huntly

A retired industrial chemist who was jailed for stabbing his wife of more than 50 years to death has died.

Edwin Brown, 76, was an inmate at Castle Huntly open prison near Dundee when he died on Wednesday.

He was sentenced to seven years in 2008 for the culpable homicide of his wife Ann at their home in Sutherland.

The Scottish Prison Service said the death would be reported to the procurator fiscal and a fatal accident inquiry would be held in due course.

During Brown's trial at the High Court in Edinburgh, it emerged that he had told an emergency services operator that "hopefully, with a bit of luck" he had killed his wife.

In a 999 call, Brown told the operator: "I've killed my wife."

When the operator said: "Sorry, you've killed your wife?" Brown replied: "Hopefully, with a bit of luck, yes."

He later told police that he had fallen asleep after drinking and when he awoke decided to kill his wife.

The court heard that Brown told officers: "I don't really know why I flipped but I did for some reason."

He explained that he was suspicious that his wife had been unfaithful to him, but there was no evidence that this was the case.

The Crown accepted his guilty plea to a reduced charge of culpable homicide on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

During sentencing, Judge Lord Menzies described Brown's actions as a "truly ghastly crime".

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