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Man detained in secure hospital after strangling his wife to death

The body of Julia Thurgarland was found at her home on Maplebeck last December

A man who strangled his wife to death in Maplebeck last December before attempting to take his own life has been sent to a psychiatric hospital.

Peter Thugarland, 72 was ruled unfit to stand trial at Nottingham Crown Court today after a finding of fact hearing found that he was responsible for the death of his wife.

Julia Thurgarland aged 70, was found dead at her home on 28th December 2012, her husband Peter was also found unconscious.

Leading the investigation Detective Chief Inspector Tony Heydon said:

“The death of Julia Thurgarland at the hands of her husband, Peter, was a tragic family event.

"Their three children; Annie, Jane and David, have not only lost their mother but their father remains in hospital receiving treatment for his illness.

“Nobody could have predicted this sad event but sometime after November last year his mental health deteriorated and he took his wife’s life and attempted to take his own."

Murder suspect in police custody

A 71-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder of Julia Thurgarland in Nottinghamshire is now in police custody where he is due to be questioned by detectives.

Mrs Thurgarland, who was 70 years old, was found at her home address in Low Farm in the village of Maplebeck, near Southwell, at around 3.50pm on Friday 28th December.

A Home Office post-mortem examination revealed that she had been strangled.

The man arrested was found injured in the house and taken to Lincoln Hospital where he remained until Wednesday evening.

He has now been discharged from the hospital and transferred to a police station where he is due to be questioned.


Detectives continue to wait to interview murder suspect

Detectives are continuing to wait to interview a 71-year-old man in connection with the murder of Julia Thurgarland. The man is not yet deemed fit enough to be questioned by police.

Mrs Thurgarland was found at her home address in Low Farm in the village of Maplebeck, near Southwell, at around 3:50pm on Friday 28th December 2012.

A post-mortem examination revealed the 70-year-old woman died from strangulation.

The man who has been arrested was found in the house on Friday afternoon suffering from injuries. He was taken to Lincoln Hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition. Detectives will question the man when he is deemed fit to be interviewed.

Churchwarden pensioner strangled in Maplebeck remembered by friends

Colleagues of a 70-year-old churchwarden who was found strangled at her farmhouse said their thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family.

The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham confirmed Julia Thurgarland acted as a churchwarden at the Church of St Radegund in Maplebeck, Nottinghamshire.

A 70-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of Mrs Thurgarland's murder after he was found injured by paramedics called to Low Farm.

"There has been a tragic incident in Maplebeck in which our churchwarden at Maplebeck, Mrs Julia Thurgarland, has died and her husband is in hospital.

"We wish to respect the family's privacy at this time and our prayers are with them all, along with all those who knew Julia well."

– Reverend Richard Seymour-Whiteley

Man arrested on suspicion of murder in Maplebeck

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman at her home in Maplebeck.

Julia Thurgaland, aged 70, was found dead at Low Farm at around 3.50pm yesterday.

A post-mortem examination concluded she was strangled.

The arrested man, aged 71, had been found injured at the scene with Mrs Thurgaland and taken to Lincoln Hospital.

He remains there in a serious but stable condition and has yet to be interviewed by detectives.


Police appeal for information over death in Maplebeck

We have been conducting enquiries in and around the farmhouse and those enquiries will continue throughout today. Our thoughts are with the couple's family and the residents of this very small village. We hope to have some answers as to exactly what has happened in the coming days, but at this time I would appeal to anyone who has any information to contact us.


Police investigating death of woman in Maplebeck

An investigation has been launched after a woman was found dead in Maplebeck.

A man was also found injured at the scene and taken to Lincoln Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

The two people are believed to be a couple in their 70s who live at the house in Low Farm.

Nottinghamshire Police say they are treating the woman's death as suspicious.