Husband guilty of killing estranged wife and disability rights campaigner in Eastbourne

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Raymond Hoadley (left) and Jackie Hoadley (right)

A man has been found guilty of killing his estranged wife, who was a well-known disability rights campaigner, at her home in Eastbourne.

Raymond Hoadley, who is 62, stabbed 58-year-old Jacqueline Hoadley at the property in Broad Oak Close in the summer of 2020.Jacqueline, who was known as Jackie, was discovered on July 5th 2020.

Evidence showed she tried to fight off her husband.

58-year-old Jacqueline Hoadley was attacked at the property in Broad Oak Close in the summer of 2020. Credit: ITV News Meridian

The pair had adopted two severely disabled children who required round-the-clock care. Their son was being looked after at school when Jackie Hoadley was attacked and their daughter was in the room next door.In 2009 the family were given an ‘Outstanding Family of the Year’ award for supporting children with life-limiting illnesses.Raymond Hoadley had moved out of the home in April 2020 after trying to take his own life.

His mental health had deteriorated. 'Motivated by money'The trial at Hove Crown Court heard how Mr Hoadley was obsessed by money and that he’d started shoplifting because he ‘couldn’t bare the prices in the shop’.

After their relationship broke down Raymond Hoadley had drawn up a divorce contract with Jackie in which the £300,000 house would be left to her while he would be able to claim their £1 million of savings.He was worried that his wife might meet somebody else and transfer money from a joint account that he didn’t have access to.'Placed at the scene of the crime'

A footprint was found on a wheelie bin which he used to scale over a fence.

On the night of Jackie Hoadley's death, a footprint was found on a wheelie bin which he used to scale over a fence at the property.Jackie Hoadley’s blood was later found on Raymond Hoadley’s trainers and his DNA was also found near a door handle at the property.

Jackie Hoadley’s blood was later found Raymond Hoadley’s trainers.

CCTV footage showed Mr Hoadley’s van - the only vehicle of its type in Eastbourne - nearby the house.It was then driven to the seafront where a figure could be seen leaving the vehicle and walking towards the beach.A pair of scissors, was later discovered by a fisherman, but no forensic evidence was found on them.The jury were told by an expert they may have caused some of Jackie’s Hoadley’s less severe injuries but not the fatal stab wounds.Mr Hoadley left several telephone messages on his wife’s phone to try and cover his tracks.He was arrested on July 6.'A wonderful campaigner’Following today’s verdict, Together for Short Lives, a charity for children with life-limiting conditions which Jackie was involved with, paid tribute to her.A spokesperson said: "Many of the Together for Short Lives’ team had the privilege to know and work with Jackie over many years. Jackie was a wonderful campaigner and advocate for seriously ill and disabled children and families, with a passion to ensure children and young people have a good life and a good end of life. Jackie supported many campaigns, including our Children’s Hospice Week campaign and spearheading a petition to greatly improve public changing places for families caring for disabled children, lobbying for dignified spaces with hoists and changing tables."Vitally Jackie was committed to supporting other parents like hers, by sharing her experiences and shaping resources to help families get the best care. Jackie’s support and commitment made a tremendous difference to other families and we want to commemorate and applaud Jackie for her tireless dedication."

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Wolstenholme from the Major Crime Team said: “We welcome the jury’s conviction of Raymond Hoadley for murdering his estranged wife Jacqueline Hoadley in a brutal and calculated attack."Hoadley has consistently denied his involvement, even in the wake of overwhelming evidence. He believed that he had planned his crime with sufficient depth, hiding his lies within elements of truth with enough plausibility to conceal his guilt. But he hadn’t, the Major Crime Team always saw through his lies and conducted a meticulous investigation including hours of CCTV and large volumes of forensic evidence through which we were able to prove conclusively, that Hoadley was Jacqueline’s killer."