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Ex-Mayor abused his wife for years before killing her

They seemed the perfect couple. But behind the public facade, was a catalogue of violence and abuse.

It ended with the leader of North Norfolk Council shooting dead his wife before killing himself.

Today, inquests were held into the deaths of Keith and Andrea Johnson from Cromer, who died in December last year.

The coroner concluded that nobody - apart from Keith Johnson - could be blamed because the abuse Andrea suffered was only apparent from diary notes discovered after her death

Report reveals how councillor abused his wife for years

A Domestic Violence Homicide Review carried out after the murder of Andrea Johnson and the suicide of her husband Keith examined how police, health bodies and other organisations handled the case.

It was published after the inquests into the deaths of the couple. It describes how Mrs Johnson had suffered years of abuse in silence, only revealed in a harrowing diary discovered after her death.

The report's author Gaynor Mears spoke to ITV News Anglia about her findings


Former mayor described as a 'monster' by murdered wife's family

The family of Andrea Johnson who was murdered by her husband before he killed himself have described as a "monster". The inquests into the deaths of Keith Johnson a former Mayor of Cromer in Norfolk,heard how he had abused his wife for more than a decade.

Mrs Johnson's family had statements read on their behalf by Rick Munns from Victim Support


A Norfolk council leader and former mayor abused his wife behind closed doors for almost a decade before laying out wills and funeral instructions, then luring her to her death.

Keith Johnson, 58, shot his wife Andrea, 44, dead outside their home in Compit Hills, near Cromer, before turning the gun on himself on December 2.

Following an inquest at Norfolk Coroner's Court, a domestic violence homicide review was published detailing how the leader of North Norfolk District Council abused his wife.

Inquest hears domestic abuse claim

Andrea and Keith Johnson Credit: ITV News Anglia

Inquests are being held today into the deaths of a prominent couple from Norfolk, who died from gunshot wounds last year.

Keith Johnson, who was the leader of North Norfolk Council, shot his wife Andrea before killing himself in December last year.

Their bodies were found just yards from their home in Cromer. Robert Jeans told the inquest that he'd developed a close relationship with Andrea Johnson, who came to stay at his house the night before she died. She'd been crying, saying she'd been kicked out of her house by her husband

The next day he drove her home because Keith had asked to speak to her. He confirmed that he was aware Mr Johnson had physically abused his wife.

The inquest continues.


Inquest into deaths of Cromer councillor and his wife to take place today

Andrea and Keith Johnson were found dead in Cromer in December 2012 Credit: ITVAnglia

An inquest into the deaths of a former council leader and his wife is due to take place today.

Keith and Andrea Johnson were found shot dead at their Cromer home in December 2012.

Mr Johnson, who was the leader of North Norfolk District Council, is believed to have shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.

A joint funeral at Cromer Church in December was attended by hundreds of people.

Local seaside piers thriving

It seems our seaside piers are thriving, despite a tough few years for the economy.

A new report suggests piers in other parts of the country are under threat, because of the high cost of insurance and upkeep. But here in the Anglia region, the likes of Cromer, Southwold and Clacton piers are bucking the national trend.

They are in good condition, and remain popular tourist attractions.

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