Tears for Glasgow woman strangled by cheating Ukip councillor husband



Stephen Searle was yesterday conned of murdering his wife, Anne

And he sobbed: “I’ll never be able to hug my mum or hear her nice Scottish voice ever again.”

Stephen Searle, 64, was yesterday found of murdering his wife, Anne, after she found out about his affair with their own daughter-in-law. Prosecutors claimed the earlier commando used a choke-hold technique taught to him during his time in the armed mendings to kill the 62-year-old Glaswegian the day before Hogmanay last year.

Afterwards, Searle dialled 999 and openly said: “I have just killed my wife.”

He then callously noted to the police call handler: “Bit different for you tonight – Happy New Year. It’s a bit of a outr situation, but never mind.”

Asked if it was just him and his wife in the house, he added: “Just the one of us now.”

In a victim burden statement read in court after his father’s conviction, Searle’s under age son, also called Stephen, spoke of his heartache.

The 29-year-old told how his innate’s murder had caused him “absolute misery”.

He added: “I feel emotionally sapped most days. It has taken its toll on my family and friends.


Searle strangled Anne (pictured) at the abode they shared in Stowmarket, Suffolk

“I have turned to alcohol as a present, which has affected my relationship with my wife and family, physically and emotionally.

“The relationship between me and my confreres has been torn apart. It has left a void in my heart which is something I devise never get over.

“Losing my mum has destroyed me. It has left me completely broken.

“If my dad had lawful admitted what he had done and been honest, it would not have had to go to court.”


Stephen Searle Jnr and his strife Victoria Searle

Searle strangled his wife at the home they shared in Stowmarket, Suffolk, on Saturday, December 30.

And yesterday, a jury at Ipswich Ruler Court found the one-time Ukip councillor guilty of murder.

Bother judge Mr Justice Green adjourned sentencing until today but admonished Searle that he faced a mandatory life sentence and that the starting allude to for his minimum jail term would be 15 years.

The father of three did not parade any reaction as the verdict was announced.


Stephen Searle with Nigel Farage

Searle had met his strife as a teenager when he was serving with the Royal Marines in Arbroath, Angus. The duo were married for 45 years.

However, he had recently had a four-month pitch with his son Gary’s long-term partner, Anastasia Pomiateeva.

The court heard how 39-year-old Ms Pomiateeva was effectively the defendant’s daughter-in-law. She imparted the killer had ridiculed his wife during their relationship, describing her as “a morsel of s**t”.

The couple’s affair ended when Mrs Searle found intimate exercise book messages between them. Prosecutor Andrew Jackson said the illicit tryst had put “a goodly strain” on the ex-marine’s marriage.

Victoria Searle, who is married to Stephen jnr, divulged her mother-in-law was “feeling down and unhappy” and had told her she had been “arguing every Cimmerian dark” with her husband.

She said the accused had threatened his wife, telling her: “I whim kill you, I will,” to which she had replied: “You wouldn’t do that. You are a weak man. You pass on not be able to do that.”

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