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Spurned husband builds home-made electric chair to fry wife

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electric-chairA SPURNED husband built a home-made electric chair to fry his wife after she asked for a divorce.


Andrew Castle, 61, rigged up the metal chair to the mains in the garage of his home before asking wife Margaret in for 'a chat.'

He then smashed her over the head with a rubber cosh, but she managed to scramble to safety via a side door, a court heard.

A violent struggle took place outside their £110,000 seaside bungalow in Knott End-on-Sea in Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancs, before a passer-by called police.

Preston Crown Court heard that Mr Castle was later discovered in the back garden with self inflicted knife wounds to his wrists after grabbing a blade from the kitchen in a bid to commit suicide.

He admitted attempted murder and was jailed for ten years.

A psychiatric report said he had been distraught that their 18 year marriage was over and was suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder.

Det Insp Martin Clague, from Lancashire Police said: "It was a distressing case. He intended to kill his wife and had set plans in place to do this.
'"There was an electric cable and a lamp attached to that for electrocution purposes. It is rare for someone to attempt to kill their wife, or anyone, by these means."

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