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A Barclays bank employee claims he snapped, beating his wife to death with a crow bar after she mocked his erectile dysfunction by calling him “limp and useless” during a heated argument.
David Pomphret, 51, doesn’t deny that he killed his wife Ann Marie Pomphret—but claims it was an act of manslaughter after he lost control while being verbally berated by his cancer-stricken wife. He has denied the prosecution’s contention that the violent attack was murder.
An emotional Pomphret took the stand at a Liverpool Crown Court Monday to describe the heated exchange he says he had with his wife on the fateful November night last year before he beat her over the head with a crowbar more than 30 times, leaving her lifeless body on the ground at the stables near their home, according to the Manchester Evening News.
“She ranted at me for being a bad parent, calling me f---ing useless. Called me limp and useless. Bit embarrassing – we have been having, I have been having erectile dysfunction. I was not performing very well,” he told the court, according to The Independent.
Pomphret said the fight began after the pair had gone to the stables to pick up some tools for a bathroom renovation project he planned to do.
He said his wife was being “very dismissive” about the project and called him “f---ing crazy.” He said she told him the bathroom project would only “create more s---,” the Manchester Evening News reports.
David Pomphret then claimed his wife turned her attention to the couple’s 18-year-old daughter, Megan, allegedly calling her a “fat slag,” an English term similar to slut. She was reportedly upset about the clothes her daughter was wearing and believed they were “too short.”
Pomphret told the court she called him a “crap parent” for letting their daughter go out “for sex.”
He said Ann Marie Pomphret was “screaming” and “raging” and claimed she was going to call social services to take the couple’s only child away, the Warrington Guardian reports.
She also began to insult his sexual abilities calling him “useless” and slapped him across the face, he said.
“I remember reaching out to grab her hood and then I don’t remember what happened,” he testified.
Pomphret told jurors he doesn’t remember killing his wife, but when he came to he was standing next to her bloody body.
"I had blood on my hands and a crowbar, so I guessed what had happened,” he said.
After realizing what he'd done, Pomphret said he felt “awful.”
“I had just killed my wife. I don’t know how to describe it. I was horrified,” he said.
But rather than call authorities, Pomphret said he “stupidly decided” to cover up his actions, washing the crowbar, burning his blood-covered sweatshirt and driving home to drop off the tools. He later returned to the stables and called for help, claiming he had just found his wife laying on the ground in a pool of blood.
"I wanted to distance myself from what I had done. I wanted to be around and help my daughter through what I had done,” he said of his decision to lie.
But, Pomphret later changed his story and admitted killing his wife after he said he realized the cover-up attempts were “futile,” the Manchester Evening News reports.
Despite the bloody end to the couple’s 22-year marriage and assertions of repeated verbal abuse, Pomphret also testified that his wife, who had been diagnosed with an autistic personality disorder, had been a good mother and that he never wanted her to die.
“I killed the woman I love. It's a horrible thing to do,” he tearfully said.
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