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Former BT boss killed his wife then went to the pub

Leslie and Suzanne Winnister.
Leslie Winnister has admitted killing his wife Suzanne (Picture: Rex/PA)

A former BT executive has admitted killing his wife at their London home, before going to a nearby pub.

Leslie Winnister pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility of former banker Suzanne Winnister, who died in Bexley last year.

The victim, 66, was discovered by family members at the couple’s home in Becketts Close, Bexley, and pronounced dead at the scene after police and paramedics arrived.

Winnister, 68, was later found in a nearby pub, the Old Bailey heard on Thursday.

A post mortem gave Mrs Winnister’s cause of death as head and neck injury.

The victim had previously had a career in banking but was retired by the time of her death on the evening of September 8, 2020.

At a plea hearing in court on Thursday, the defendant entered a guilty plea, while several members of the family and some friends watched on.  

Leslie Winnister and his wife, Suzanne Winnister.
The Winnisters lived together in Bexley, south east London (Picture: Shutterstock)
Suzanne Winnister.
Mrs Winnister was 68 when she died from a head and neck injury (Picture: PA)

Psychiatric reports for both the prosecution and the defence concluded that a defence of diminished responsibility was available, the court heard.

Winnister, who is being treated at the Bracton centre medium secure unit in Dartford, was accompanied in the dock by two nurses.

Judge Wendy Joseph QC branded the incident ‘a sad case’.

She warned Winnister that a wide range of options are available to the court, from prison to a psychiatric hospital.

He is due to be sentenced on June 25.

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