Man, 90, stabbed frail wife because he couldn’t cope with caring for her

90-year-old Edward Turpin outside the Old Bailey, central London, where he is on trial charged with allegedly attempting to stab his wife, Joan Turpin, also 90, to death at their home in Ringshall Road in Orpington, Greater London, on September 22 last year. Picture date: Wednesday August 31, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Turpin. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Edward Turpin outside the Old Bailey (Picture: PA)

A 90-year-old man who repeatedly stabbed his blind and frail wife while she slept because he could not cope with caring for her has been spared jail. 

Retired butcher Edward Turpin got a carving knife from the kitchen and attacked Joan Turpin in bed at their home in Orpington, Kent, on September 22 last year. 

She suffered several wounds, with one of the blows causing her lung to collapse, and the Old Bailey heard it was ‘a matter of luck’ she was not killed. 

In a video interview recorded while she was in hospital, the ‘extremely frail’ Mrs Turpin said: ‘He woke me up with the knife in my chest telling me he couldn’t take any more.’ 

Jurors were previously told Mrs Turpin, who has lost her eyesight, suffers diabetes and needs a catheter, had become increasingly dependent on her husband’s help before the attack. 

The court heard they had been happily married for nearly 70 years and Turpin was simply ‘too proud’ to ask their extended family for help in looking after her. 

Giving evidence, Turpin said he could not remember the stabbing and that he did not do it with the intention to kill his wife, insisting the ‘last thing’ he wanted was to harm her. 

He was cleared of attempted murder but found guilty of a lesser offence of wounding on the basis he was reckless as to the injuries she might sustain. 

Turpin was cleared of attempted murder but convicted of wounding (Picture: PA)

The pensioner was not in court for the verdicts, having become ill after giving his evidence in August. 

On Wednesday, he was sentenced in his absence after being admitted to hospital with a chest infection and pneumonia. 

Judge Alexia Durran handed Turpin two years’ custody …read more

Source:: Metro News

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