Gary Brockwell strangled wife Gaynor after she admitted affair, trial hears
A HUSBAND accused of murdering his wife strangled her after she confessed to having an affair, a court has heard.
Gary Brockwell, 48, throttled 46-year-old Gaynor Brockwell at their home in Courtwood Lane in Forestdale in the early hours of October 8 last year, it was alleged.
He is then said to have made a tearful phonecall to his son in which he said: "Your mum's dead. She's on the floor. She's not breathing."
Brockwell denies murder but admits the lesser charge of manslaughter, claiming he killed his wife of 26 years after losing control.
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Prosecuting, John McGuinness QC told the Old Bailey that the couple had spent the evening before Mrs Brockwell's death with friends at The Coach House pub in Chelsham, Surrey.
"There was no evidence of any tension or animosity between the defendant and Gaynor or their friends throughout the course of the night," Mr McGuinness said.
Their 21-year-old daughter Gemma, who worked at the pub, dropped them the couple home at around 1am, the prosecutor added.
About two hours later son Gary junior, 26, received a distressed phonecall from his father, jurors were told.
"He [Brockwell] said he could hear his father on the other end of the telephone mumbling and crying," said Mr McGuinness.
"He asked the son to come to the house at Croydon and then said words to this effect: 'Your mum's dead. She's on the floor. She's not breathing. I'm looking at her. I know she's dead.'"
When Gary Jr arrived, he found his mother's body in the living room on a pile of cushions and covered with a duvet, the court heard.
Mr McGuinness said: "Prior to his arrest, Gary Brockwell told a member of the ambulance crew that his wife had told him she was having an affair and that he had strangled her at about 1.30am."
Mr Brockwell told detectives the couple had met when he was 17 and Mrs Brockwell just 15.
The jury was told the pair had dated for five years and got engaged when she fell pregnant with their first child at the age of 20.
They later had a turbulent on-off relationship, repeatedly splitting up and getting back together while Gaynor Brockwell pursued an affair with a postman, the court heard.
Brockwell denies murder and the trial continues.