Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire man "brutally" murdered wife

Charlotte Smith
Image caption Charlotte Smith suffered severe head injuries and broken bones in the attack

A man has been found guilty of "brutally" murdering his wife by repeatedly hitting her on the head with an ornamental wooden elephant.

Devendra Singh, 33, attacked Charlotte Smith, 41, during an argument at their home in Ladderedge, Leek in Staffordshire in September.

She died from serious head injuries. Singh, from Ladderedge, had admitted killing her, but denied murder.

He is due to be sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on Tuesday.

The court heard Singh struck Ms Smith numerous times about her head and body with the 4lb (2kg) ornament during the argument on 3 September.

'Tragic and violent'

He then spent two nights drinking heavily and also visited a friend in London, the jury was told.

Ms Smith's body was found at the house in Ladderedge by her family on 6 September.

Singh handed himself in at Leek Police Station later that day.

Det Insp Glyn Pattinson, said: "Although there was nothing to indicate that their relationship would come to such a tragic and violent conclusion, there is no doubt that Singh's attack was brutal and sustained.

"Additionally he did not seek medical help for the severe injuries which amounted to her death and he would have known she was in desperate need of medical attention."

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