Ian Walters guilty of murder for M1 crash

08/05/2015

A Wiltshire man has been found guilty of murder for killing his wife in a road crash on the M1 in Leicestershire in March last year. Ian Walters deliberately drove his car off the motorway, killing his wife Tracy in the collision. He was found guilty yesterday at Leicester Crown Court following a five-week trial and sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 17 years.

The couple had been experiencing difficulties in their relationship and Mrs Walters had reported that her husband had assaulted her. They had taken a holiday together to try and resolve their problems, but this had not worked and they had left the cottage early.

On their journey from North Yorkshire to their home in Swindon, with Walters at the wheel, their car left the road and collided with a tree on the passenger side of the car, killing Mrs Walters and seriously injuring the defendant. The relationship had broken down and Mrs Walters had been in contact with her family, fearing for her safety.

Janine Smith, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS East Midlands said: "Ian Walters used his car as a murder weapon to kill his wife. He claimed he has no memory of the incident, so we may never know if this was a calculated, premeditated act or a spur of the moment decision. Either way, he deliberately took his wife's life in that crash and so it is murder. Eyewitnesses reported that the car turned sharply off the road, where it crashed into the embankment, colliding with a tree.

"Mrs Walters's death is a tragedy for her family, who knew of the difficult nature of the relationship and had been worried about her safety. My thoughts are with them at what must be a very difficult time. I can only hope that Ian Walters' conviction will provide some closure for them."