The full transcript has been released of the call a former UKIP councillor made to emergency services after killing his wife. 64 year old Stephen Searle allegedly chocked his wife to death in a headlock after she discovered that he was having an affair with their son's girlfriend. The couple had been married for 45 years when he launched the attack, which the politician initially claimed was an act of self defence after Anne Searle attacked him with a knife. The Searles’ marriage had been under strain since Mrs Searle discovered her husband’s affair with their son Gary’s partner Anastasia Pomiateeva, who was mother to at least one of their grandchildren. Jurors at Ipswich Crown Court took justthree-and-a-half hours to find him guilty of her murder after hearing the casual phone call he made to police, where he can be heard saying: "I’ve er… just killed my wife. Bit different for you tonight I expect…Happy New Year."
Full transcript of the call
Call handler: ‘Hello, can you hear me?’
Searle: ‘Yeah, I can hear you, can you hear me?’
S: ‘I’ve er… just killed my wife’
CH: ‘You’ve just killed your wife.’
S: ‘Bit different for you tonight I expect…Happy New Year.’
CH: ‘…and how have you killed her?’
S: ‘Erm… suffocation really, I guess. Bit of a bizarre situation but you know… nevermind.’
CH: ‘Okay, is it just the two of you in the house?’ S: ‘Er… well just the one of us now.’ CH: ‘Right, okay.’ S: ‘Well two… if you like.’
CH: ‘Okay, is there any other sort of issues that the officers need to be aware of when they come into the house? Is there anything dangerous?’
S: ‘Erm, not really. I’m not violent, I’m not nothing.’
CH: ‘Stephen, can I just get you to go and answer the door? I believe we should have some officers there. Are you able to just go and speak to them?’
S: ‘Okay, they’re here now, are they?’
CH: ‘They should be there.’
S: ‘Alright, I’m on me way.’
S: ‘I’m on me way as we speak…ah, hello buddies! How are you, alright?’
A former UKIP councillor is found guilty of murdering his wife and THIS is the actual response from the former leader of UKIP at the council. pic.twitter.com/MHBo5si57A— Stephen Paton (@stephenpaton134) July 17, 2018
It's thought that ex-Marine Searle placed his wife in a choke hold, which he would have learnt as part of his training. Officers attended their home in Stowmarket, Suffolk, within minutes of the call made at 10.19pm but found Mrs Searle dead. A post-mortem examination found that Mrs Searle died of compression of the neck and would probably have lost consciousness after about eight to 15 seconds of pressure being applied to her neck, with death requiring further sustained pressure for a period of minutes. In a victim impact statement, one of Searle’s sons, also called Stephen Searle, said: "Not only have I lost my mum, but because of what he’s done I’ve lost my dad too."
Searle is to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court today.