A BT executive who killed his wife with a marble chopping board has won a share of her £2.5million estate.
Leslie Winnister’s lawyers successfully challenged the presumption against killers profiting from their crimes.
2Leslie Winnister bludgeoned to death his wife of 40 years Suzanne in September 2020Credit: Rex2He did the act while in the grip of delusions that she was having an affair with their handymanCredit: RexThe wealthy former BT treasurer, who admitted manslaughter and is held in a hospital, will now receive about £200,000 from wife Suzanne’s estate.
A judge has agreed the settlement after Winnister’s lawyer, Owen Curry, told the High Court: “Although this was a tragic and shocking killing, he had low or very low culpability for what happened.”
Winnister bludgeoned to death his wife of 40 years in September 2020 while in the grip of delusions that she was having an affair with their handyman and was trying to poison him.
He left the chopping board lying near her body in their £1.6million gated home before wandering off to the pub for a pint and a bag of crisps.
Winnister, now 70, was found by police in his blood-stained clothes in a graveyard in Bexley, Kent. He told them: “I’ve just had a terrible day.”
He was locked up indefinitely in hospital after pleading guilty to manslaughter owing to diminished responsibility.
Under a 1982 law, he should have been denied any cash from his 66-year-old wife’s estate.
But a loophole allows killers to inherit their victim’s cash under exceptional circumstances.
High Court judge Chief Chancery Master Karen Shuman accepted it was exceptional as his crime was down to his mental disorder.
She awarded him 17.5 per cent of the estate, with the rest shared among seven others.
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