Essex

CPS East of England statement on Ronald King

11/07/2016

A Spokesperson for CPS East of England said: "The defence served new evidence on the prosecution during the course of this trial. This new evidence consisted an MRI scan on the defendant's brain and was immediately considered by the psychiatrist instructed by the prosecution.

"In his expert opinion, he concluded that the defendant was suffering from an abnormality of mental functioning caused by the recognised medical condition of paraphrenia.

"He also concluded that as a result of his paranoid beliefs, it is probable that the defendant's ability to form a rational judgement was substantially impaired when he decided to kill his wife.

"The CPS has a duty of continuous review. Having considered this new expert evidence we were satisfied that the defendant had a defence to a charge of murder and his guilty plea to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility was accepted."