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Pensioner convicted of murdering his wife

|News, Violent crime

A 71-year-old man who killed his wife in her own bed has been convicted of her murder at Cardiff Crown Court.

David Maggs was going through divorce proceedings with Linda Maggs and although their marriage had broken down they remained living at the same address near Pontypool.

On 6 February 2021 whilst Linda Maggs was still in bed, David Maggs took two kitchen knives upstairs and stabbed her repeatedly, resulting in her death.

The jury heard that David Maggs accepted he carried out the act but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Having heard all the evidence, including from two psychiatrists, the jury concluded that Maggs was guilty of murder.

Lisa James of the CPS said: “Evidence in relation to Mr Maggs’ mental health combined with his comments to the police allowed the jury to reach this verdict.

“Linda’s family have our deepest condolences over their loss and our thanks for their support throughout the court process.”

Notes to editors

  • Lisa James is a District Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales
  • David Maggs (DOB: 19/10/1950) was convicted of murder
  • Linda Maggs died aged 74.

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