Reading man Steven Grainger killed his wife Simone with saucepan

A husband killed his wife with a saucepan before ordering drugs and trying to hire a prostitute, a court heard yesterday.

Steven Grainger, 32, battered mother-of-two Simone over the head with the pan before strangling her, jurors were told.

The court heard how the childhood sweethearts argued frequently and she felt her life was mirroring the plot of Doctor Foster, the hit BBC1 drama about a GP’s turbulent relationship with her husband.

Reading Crown Court was told the couple had sex hours before the alleged attack on November 4 last year after friends left the house and their children went to bed.

Steven Grainger, 32, battered mother-of-two Simone (pictured together) over the head with the pan before strangling her, jurors were told 

Steven Grainger, 32, battered mother-of-two Simone (pictured together) over the head with the pan before strangling her, jurors were told 

Reading Crown Court was told the couple had sex hours before the alleged attack on November 4 last year after friends left the house and their children went to bed

The couple on their wedding day

Reading Crown Court was told the couple (left and right) had sex hours before the alleged attack on November 4 last year after friends left the house and their children went to bed

The couple had been an item since they were teenagers but had only just moved in with each other, the court heard. Pictured: Tributes left for Simone after her death 

The couple had been an item since they were teenagers but had only just moved in with each other, the court heard. Pictured: Tributes left for Simone after her death 

The court heard how the childhood sweethearts argued frequently and she felt her life was mirroring the plot of Doctor Foster (pictured), the hit BBC1 drama about a GP’s turbulent relationship with her husband

The court heard how the childhood sweethearts argued frequently and she felt her life was mirroring the plot of Doctor Foster (pictured), the hit BBC1 drama about a GP’s turbulent relationship with her husband

Steven Grainger, 32, admits killing his wife Simone, 30 (pictured together) at their home in Reading on November 4 last year but denies her murder and manslaughter

Steven Grainger, 32, admits killing his wife Simone, 30 (pictured together) at their home in Reading on November 4 last year but denies her murder and manslaughter

Grainger admits killing her but denies murder, claiming he was acting in self-defence as his 30-year-old wife came at him with a pair of scissors.

Her body was found the next day wrapped in a blanket in the kitchen.

Text messages sent by Grainger, a technician, were read to the court detailing how he attempted to buy drugs and talk to prostitutes just after his wife’s death.

Prosecutor Francis FitzGibbon QC said: ‘He hit her on the head more than once with a hard object, causing serious injury and he then went on to strangle her.

‘Simone died of head injuries and due to being strangled. The defendant admits that he killed her but we say he murdered her and intended to or, at the very least, intended to cause her serious bodily harm.

‘It was unlawful, he had no lawful excuse and no legal defence. That makes it murder. It is on us to prove that this is the case.’

Mrs Grainger is said to have told friends about her turbulent love life hours before the alleged murder. Mr FitzGibbon said: ‘Simone told her two friends ... that her and Mr Grainger had

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