Nottingham

Maplebeck farm death: Husband unfit for wife's murder trial

Peter Thurgarland
Image caption Peter Thurgarland remains in custody after the hearing at Nottingham Crown Court

A judge has ruled that a man accused of strangling his wife at their home in Nottinghamshire is unfit to plead or stand trial.

Peter Thurgarland, 71, is charged with murdering his 70-year-old wife Julia at their farmhouse in Maplebeck.

Nottingham Crown Court heard he was suffering from severe depression and psychotic episodes.

A hearing will be held on 13 May in front of a jury to determine whether or not he killed his wife.

Post-mortem tests revealed Julia Thurgarland, a church warden, died from strangulation. Her body was found by paramedics on 28 December.

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