Cambridgeshire

Michael Carroll guilty of murder of wife Elisabeth

Michael Carroll
Image caption Michael Carroll admitted killing his wife

A man has been convicted of murdering his wife by strangling her at their home in Peterborough.

Elisabeth Carroll, 64, was found dead in Kings Road, Fletton, on 21 May last year.

Her husband, Michael, 60, had admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

He denied murder but was found guilty by a majority verdict at Cambridge Crown Court. A jury at a trial earlier this year failed to reach a verdict.

Speaking after the verdict, Cambridgeshire Police said Carroll had confessed that he had strangled his wife when he was called by his work for failing to turn up.

His employers called police and officers went to Kings Road, where they discovered Mrs Carroll's body.

'Overcome cancer'

Carroll was arrested and charged with murder.

Image caption Elisabeth Carroll was found dead at her home in Peterborough

Det Insp Richard Wall said: "Michael Carroll was under a lot of stress due to financial difficulties at the time, however nothing can excuse his actions in killing his loving wife, Elisabeth.

"She had overcome cancer and should have been looking forward to enjoying her retirement.

"This has been an extremely difficult time for Elisabeth's family and I am pleased they now have justice."

At the time of Mrs Carroll's death, her family said she was "kind, caring and very gentle".

Carroll will be sentenced at a later date.

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