How Woman, 73, Suffocated Her Husband, 81, With A Pillow.
After enduring several years of verbal abuse, a retired 73-year-old lady ‘snapped’ and allegedly suffocated her husband of 53 years in their home in the UK.
Many media reports claim he smiled at her when she told him they were in financial peril, then she got upset.
Janet Dunn, 73, used a pillow to press against her 81-year-old husband Anthony’s face in their bedroom, then fled their home in Ponteland, Northumberland, and made a serious attempt to kill herself.
Janet Dunn was pissed at her husband for failing to fulfill his ‘grandiose promises of riches’, and that his reckless way of handling his businesses had left them in danger of losing their home, where their daughter and great-grandchildren also lived.
The incident happened while their daughter Helen Telford was in the house. When she spoke to him about his business failing and failed promises, the 81-year-old smiled. She got furious and reacted by holding a pillow over his face until he stopped breathing in their bedroom on March 15.
The couple had three daughters and their middle child died last year aged 47.
Realizing she had killed her husband, she lied to her daughter she was heading to the chemist but instead went to Bolam Lake, in Northumberland, and tried to commit suicide.
After hours of trying to get hold of her mum, and believing her dad was with her, Helen finally made the grim discovery of Mr. Dunn’s body.
Dunn was originally charged with murder but prosecutors accepted her guilty plea to manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility. She was jailed for five years and three months at Newcastle Crown Court.
While sentencing her, Judge Paul Sloan reviewed her situation;
“Throughout the marriage, you were the victim of coercive and controlling behavior by your husband. You were by nature quiet and shy.
“He was nine years your senior and he was domineering and exercised control over many aspects of your life.
“One house was repossessed, there was bankruptcy, bills were unpaid, there were creditors and visits by bailiffs.
“You had to borrow money from your own father and daughter which caused considerable shame and embarrassment.
“Mr. Dunn would make grandiose promises such as paying for a daughter’s wedding reception and that he would buy a house for daughter but the promises came to nothing.
“You were left constantly worrying about when the next financial crisis would envelop you.’
“After decades of compliance and submission, it was the smile that finally caused you to snap. The anger and frustration you had repressed for years boiled over.
“You placed a pillow over your husband’s face and pressed it down firmly. He tried to pull it away but he was too weak to put up an effective resistance.
“You kept pressing the pillow down, maintaining pressure over a sustained period, in your words for a couple of minutes, until he was no longer struggling, until he was dead.
Her defense lawyer said:
“This is an extraordinary case. The facts and the background that have been uncovered are extremely sad and distressing. In spite of it all, Mrs Dunn did love her husband. She is desperately sorry for taking his life and for what she has done to their daughters.”