The wife of an ex-UKIP councillor and retired Royal Marine died from sustained compression of the neck, a court heard today.
Stephen Searle, 64, is accused of murdering 62-year-old Jessie Anne Searle at their £400,000 detached home in Stowmarket, Suffolk, on Saturday.
Emergency services were called to the scene at around 10.20pm, but the grandmother was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after they arrived.
Stephen Searle, 64, is accused of murdering his wife Anne (left) at their home in Suffolk
Mr Searle was a UKIP councillor for Suffolk County Council until this year. He is pictured with the party's former leader Nigel Farage
Mother-of-three Mrs Searle suffered a cardiac arrest and a