Jail for ‘loving’ man who killed wife in TV auctions debt row

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A former Crown Prosecution Service manager who killed his wife after a row over growing debts has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Warren Goring, 67, was cleared of murder by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court, Essex, last month but admitted manslaughter. The court heard he strangled Shirley Goring, 63, to death but had no recollection of it.

Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow said the row erupted after Mrs Goring discovered they were to be evicted from their home in Mundesley, Norfolk. He said they were “living beyond their means, about to be evicted and facing bankruptcy”. They lived off Goring’s CPS pension and much of their debt came from them spending £10,000 on jewellery from a television auction channel.

Tim Brown, in mitigation, said: “They had been married for more than 40 years. He loved her and he still loves her.”

He said Goring had been under severe stress at the time of the killing.

Passing sentence, Judge Charles Gratwicke said: “You applied force to her neck for at least 20 to 30 seconds. It is clear from her injuries that she desperately tried to fight you off but to no avail.”

But he added: “It is clear that your love for her remains undiminished.”

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