Husband convicted of attempted murder of wife


Paul Bond has been found guilty today (9 January 2017) at Cambridge Crown Court of the attempted murder of his university lecturer wife, Dr Marian Bond, by hitting her to the head more than once with a lump hammer in what was described as "a determined, planned attack" by CPS East of England.

Senior District Crown Prosecutor Punam Malhan said: "Paul Bond pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent at an earlier hearing.

"The prosecution did not accept this plea to the lesser offence and presented evidence to the jury from forensic experts to show that more than one blow was struck with severe force which caused critical, life threatening injury to Dr Marian Bond.

"This was a determined, planned attack and the prosecution case was that the evidence demonstrated Mr Bond's intention to kill his wife. Dr Bond's skull and jaw were severely fractured and she was left in a critical condition fighting for her life. Thanks to the care and skill of the medical profession, Dr Bond has been able to be discharged to continue her recovery at home.

"The defence argued that Mr Bond was suffering from mental illness at the time of the attack and although this had no effect on his ability to form an intent, that he did not intend to kill his wife.

 "However, the jury has today convicted him of the charge of attempted murder."