Judge says pensioner Peter Thurgarland not fit to stand trial on charge of murdering wife Julia
A JUDGE has ruled a pensioner accused of murdering his wife is not fit to stand trial.
Peter Thurgarland, 71, of Low Farm, Maplebeck, near Southwell, is accused of killing Julia Thurgarland.
At a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday, 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."
Mrs Thurgarland, 70, a church warden, was found dead at home at 3.50pm on Friday, December 28.
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A post-mortem examination revealed she had been strangled.
The judge had seen written reports from two doctors.
"Each of them have addressed the relevant tests that need to be established before someone is found to be unfit to plead, and I take the view he is unfit," the judge said.
Although there will not be a trial, a hearing will take place at a later date instead.