Pensioner beat wheelchair-bound husband to death with pole after he "bullied and abused" her, court hears


A 73-year-old woman beat her wheelchair-bound husband to death with a wooden pole after suffering years of “bullying and abusive behaviour”, a court heard.

Packiam Ramanathan launched the attack on her 76-year-old disabled husband in a fit of anger while he was lying in bed, the Old Bailey heard.

Following the “brutal and sustained” attack, jurors heard that the pensioner before admitting to a relative that she had “finished him off”.

However the court heard that Mrs Ramanathan’s would claim diminished responsibility and that she lost control after suffering years of abuse at the hands of her husband of 35 years.

Paramedics found Mr Ramanathan dead on the floor of his bedroom on September 21 last year.

He had suffered serious head injuries and multiple wounds to the body and neck and had suffered injuries to his arms and hands from trying to fend off the sustained blows.

A blood-stained wooden stick was also found in a cupboard in the hall of the couple’s east London flat.

Prosecutor Sally O’Neill QC said: “There is no dispute that the person who used that stick to cause those injuries which killed him was his wife, and the prosecution case is that there can be also no doubt that she did so intending, at the least, to cause him really serious harm and that he was unlawfully killed as a result, that is, that she murdered him.


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