Northamptonshire Police Officer sentenced for wife's murder

01/02/2016

A serving police officer from Northamptonshire has been jailed for life for the murder of his wife in March last year.

Adrian Goldsmith, known as Otis, beat his wife Jill to death in the porch of their home. The couple had been experiencing difficulties, both individually and in their relationship. Goldsmith dialled 999 in the early afternoon of 26 March. Police officers arrived at the scene a few minutes later to find Jill dead at the property. Goldsmith had bludgeoned her with a number of different blunt objects, including a mallet and a tin of paint.

He was arrested, charged and tried for murder. He was found guilty by  a jury at Stafford Crown Court on Friday 29 January and today sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 15 years.

Dona Parry-Jones, Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS East Midlands said: "Jill Goldsmith's death is a tragic end to a stormy relationship. The arguments between husband and wife culminated in this fatal  attack.

"Goldsmith claimed that his wife had attacked him, that she had been on drugs and was coming at him with a knife, putting him in fear of his life. The evidence suggested otherwise - that this was a one-sided attack using a shocking level of violence. The defendant had no signs of the sorts of injury that could be expected from such a struggle, apart from injures he later admitted were self-inflicted. Besides, as a trained police officer, he would have been more than capable of restraining his wife, who was much smaller than him, without the need to use excessive force, and certainly not to kill her.

"Any case of domestic abuse is distressing, but Adrian Goldsmith as a police officer was under a duty to protect the public. He has betrayed his profession, but most importantly, he betrayed the person closest to him. For Jill Goldsmith's family to have to deal with the knowledge that she died at the hands of her husband must be devastating. I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to all those who knew and loved her."