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'Quiet man' who bludgeoned wife to death is jailed for life

Pomphret protested his innocence but was Credit: ITV News

A "quiet man" who bludgeoned his wife to death with a crowbar in a "frenzied" attack has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 20 years before parole.

Bespectacled computer expert David Pomphret, 51, battered wife Ann Marie, 49, with the weapon, striking her more than 30 times over the head at the stables where they kept horses near their home in Winwick, Cheshire, last November 2.

Ann Marie Credit: ITV News.

Pomphret protested his innocence but was "undone" after a speck of blood on his socks showed he was present at the crime scene.

He then changed his story, claiming a "special defence" of a temporary loss of control due to his "volatile" wife's behaviour.

The Barclays Bank IT worker was convicted of murder last Friday after a two-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

Passing sentence, Judge David Aubrey told Pomphret he had meticulously tried to cover his tracks and may well have got away with this murder but added: "You forgot to change your socks.

"It was a web of deceit and lies. In my judgment you are an accomplished liar.

"She had defensive injuries to both her hands. She must have been pleading and begging for you to stop.

"You had had enough of her, saw the opportunity that presented itself that night to kill her and did so."

  • Watch again: Andy Bonner's report when David Pomphret was found guilty of his murder: