Warren Goring 'strangled wife after TV shopping debts row'

A man strangled his wife after a row about debts built up through a TV shopping channel, a court was told.

Warren Goring, 67, who denies murder, was "facing bankruptcy" when he killed his wife, Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

Mr Goring was given an eviction notice over £3,000 rent arrears the night before Mrs Goring was found dead at their home in Mundesley, Norfolk.

The court heard much of their debt was from £10,000 of women's jewellery bought on TV channel Sit Up Auctions.

Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow said the couple were "broke, living beyond their means and facing bankruptcy" when Mrs Goring was found by a bailiff on 18 February.

Mr Goring had retired from his role as a Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) manager and the pair had lived off his pension since his retirement in 2008.

'Crushed her neck'

Mr Glasgow added: "He attacked her while she sat in their bed and brutally strangled her to death.

"The reason would appear to be the couple's poor finances or, if Warren Goring is to be believed, he didn't like the way his wife spoke to him when she spoke about their money."

He said that there was no dispute over whether Mr Goring killed his wife.

"The issue is what he intended when he held her in an armlock, covered her mouth and strangled her as she tried to fight him off," said Mr Glasgow.

Mr Goring, who worked for CPS Norfolk for 26 years, most recently as a business manager, was arrested by police searching for his car near King's Lynn hours after his wife's body was found.

Mr Glasgow said Mr Goring had driven the couple's dog to Chesterfield so a friend could look after it.

In his police interview, Mr Goring said he had no recollection of the killing but accepted he had "flipped".

He said that after the incident he had sat on the bed. He did not check on his wife's condition or call for help.

He told police: "I could only think about what I should do with the dog."

The trial continues.

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