BREAKING: Peter Thurgarland, accused of killing wife Julia, is unfit to plead
A 71-year-old man accused of murdering his wife was today deemed unfit to stand trial.
Peter Thurgarland of Low Farm, Maplebeck, near Southwell, is accused of killing Julia Thurgarland.
Mrs Thurgarland, 70, a church warden, was found dead at home at 3.50pm on Friday, December 28.
At a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court today Judge John Milmo QC said: "I am satisfied that Mr Thurgarland is suffering from a mental condition, namely depression, as a result of which he is unfit to be tried."
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The psychiatric status of Thurgarland was discussed by prosecutor Michael Auty and defence barrister Christopher Jeyes.
Thurgarland will not now undergo a conventional criminal trial, but a hearing will take place instead.