Man jailed for wife's manslaughter - Newbury

20/02/2015

A man appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Friday, 20 February 2015, and was jailed for six years for killing his wife in Newbury.

On 30 January 2015, at the same court, Nigel Talman, aged 60, of Carnarvon Place, Newbury, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Officers were called to a house in Carnarvon Place, Newbury at 7.28am on 17 August last year after receiving a call from Talman stating that he had killed his wife, Sandra.

Her body was discovered in the house, where she was pronounced dead by paramedics. A post mortem showed the cause of death was compression to the neck.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "This case involved the untimely death of 62-year-old Sandra Talman at her home in Newbury last August.

"Nigel Talman had been due to stand trial for his wife's murder, but on Friday, 30 January 2015, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

"Manslaughter by diminished responsibility is a partial defence to murder, which is only established if it is more likely than not that a defendant suffered from an abnormality of mind that substantially impaired their responsibility of their actions.

"When Talman pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, we carefully and thoroughly reviewed all the evidence in this case, including the assessment of psychiatric experts. In light of all the evidence, we took the view that there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction for murder.

"We fully discussed our decision to accept the plea with Sandra's family.  We hope that the conviction and today's sentence brings them at least a small sense that justice has been done.

"We acknowledge that nothing can make up for the loss felt by Sandra's family and friends and our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Investigating officer Chief Inspector Ailsa Kent said: "This is a tragic case in which Sandra Talman lost her life. No sentence can bring Sandra back, but I hope that her family and friends feel some sense of justice."