Isle of Wight: Helen Lawson Found Guilty of Murdering Husband

30/03/2010

Sixty two year old Helen Lawson was today found guilty of murdering her husband at Winchester Crown Court.

Geoffrey Lawson was shot at close range at his home in Wellow on the Isle of Wight on the morning of 4 January 2009. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Matthew Lawson, Crown Advocate for CPS Hampshire & Isle of Wight, said:

"This is a tragic case and one where there can be no real winners. The terrible events of last January have torn a family apart and we would like to extend our sincere condolences to them.

"Much of the trial has focused on Helen Lawson's relationship with her husband and whether the depression she was suffering from amounted to a defence of diminshed responsibility.

"We charged this case as murder because we believed, on the basis of the evidence, that Helen Lawson intended to kill her husband and was fully aware of the consequences. We are pleased that the jury has supported that charge with its verdict today."

Helen Lawson denied murder but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of  diminished responsibility. She was sentenced to life and ordered to serve at least 15 years in prison.