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Man guilty of dementia murder.

A RETIRED policeman has been found guilty of murdering his 88-year-old wife because he was unable to cope with her dementia.

Douglas Addison, 89, attacked Avis Addison with his walking stick and smothered her at their bungalow in St Merryn, Cornwall, in February. Addison, who also has dementia, had dedicated his retirement to looking after his wife of 67 years, and had refused help from social services the day before Avis was killed.

Addison did not attend his two-day trial at Exeter crown court or enter a plea because of his own condition. He has been detained under a hospital order at a mental health facility.

Prosecutor Anna Vigars said: "Everything had overwhelmed Mr Addison, with tragic consequences for his wife."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 23, 2017
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