1. ITV Report

Court hears ex-Ukip councillor's wife died of "sustained compression to the neck"

The wife of a former Ukip councillor who is charged with her murder died of "sustained compression to the neck", a court has heard.

Stephen Searle, 64, is accused of killing 62-year-old Anne Searle, who was found unresponsive at an address in Stowmarket, Suffolk, at 10.30pm on Saturday.

Mrs Searle died of sustained compression of the neck. Credit: Suffolk Police.

Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, told a brief hearing at Ipswich Crown Court that Mrs Searle died of sustained compression of the neck.

Searle, who is in custody, was not in court for the hearing due to "difficulties on the roads" caused by Storm Eleanor and no plea was formally taken.

Mr Searle is an ex-Royal Marine Commando. Credit: Facebook.

Judge Martyn Levett set a provisional date for a trial to start on June 25 and it is estimated to last seven days.

Paramedics attended an address in The Brickfields but Mrs Searle was declared dead at the scene.

Forensic officers at the address. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Ex-Royal Marine commando Searle, of The Brickfields, is a former Ukip councillor for Suffolk County Council.