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Sainsbury’s delivery interrupted woman strangling her husband with cravat – the couple shared a smile in court

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A WOMAN was interrupted while trying to murder her husband by the arrival of a shopping delivery.

Christine Houston was trying to strangle muscular dystrophy sufferer Stewart Houston with a cravat when the Sainsbury’s delivery driver turned up at the house.

The door-knock brought an end to the attack, which left Mr Houston with blood spotting behind his eyes.

The killing bid has been linked to “carer’s fatigue”, where a person snaps through the pressures of looking after a loved one.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday the 66-year-old pleaded guilty to attempted murder of Mr Houston at their home in Waldridge, Chester-le-Street, on May 26 last year.

It is understood Mr Houston did not support the prosecution of his wife, who he has been with for 29 years and has cared for him for many of those.

She was granted bail to a secure unit until sentence is passed next month.

Judge James Goss QC told her: “You must understand, the fact that although you have now pleaded guilty to attempted murder and I am going to grant you bail for reports does not mean I am giving you any indication of what the sentence is going to be.”

Mr Houston was in court when his wife entered her guilty plea and the couple smiled at each other when the hearing ended.

He simply said “no comment” when approached by reporters after the hearing.

Mr Houston is in his 50s and is confined to a wheelchair.

 

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