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Ronald King guilty of manslaughter in care home murder trial

Ronald King and Rita King. Credit: Essex Police

A disabled pensioner on trial for the murder of his wife in a care home in Essex has admitted manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility.

81 year old, Rita King, who had dementia, was killed at De La Mer House in Walton-on-the-Naze in December.

Ronald King, 87, had denied murder but earlier admitted manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility, a plea accepted by the jury.

Medical experts say King was suffering from paraphrenia, a progressive late onset mental illness.

The judge directed the jury to return a verdict that King was guilty of manslaughter but not guilty of murder because of his diminished responsibility for his actions.

King was diagnosed after an MRI scan just before the start of his trial.

King will be sentenced later this month.

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"She begged me not to leave her"- Pensioner who 'shot dead' wife explains why he did it

Video report from ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout.

A pensioner accused of murdering his wife in a care home in Essex says she begged him not to leave her - and he promised he never would.

Rita King, who had dementia, was in a care home in Essex Credit: East News

Ronald King, who is 87, shot his wife, Rita, in December last year after spending Christmas with her at the De La Mer nursing home in Walton on the Naze.

He admits killing her but denies murder.

The jury is expected to go out tomorrow to reach their verdict.

"I got the gun and shot her"- Jury hears how man killed wife at Essex care home

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu.

A jury has heard how an 86-year-old man told detectives how he shot his wife dead at an Essex care home last Christmas.

Rita King, who had dementia, was in a care home in Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ronald King has admitted to shooting his wife Rita to end her suffering from dementia, but denies murder.

It happened at the De La Mer House care home in Walton on the Naze, on December 28.

Today, a jury was shown a police interview with Mr King on the day of the killing. He describes shooting his wife.

I know what I've done. I have arranged it and that's it.

Have you had enough? She says 'oh yes' - and that's when I got the gun and shot her. I tried to shoot myself but couldn't pull the trigger."

– Ronald King

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