Frosting images show the moment when a man who murdered his wife during a frenetic crowbar attack, lying to the police, found her dead on the ground.
David Pomphret, computer scientist with glasses, beat Ann Marie, 49, with the weapon, hitting her more than 30 times in the head in the stable where they were raising horses near their home in Winwick in Cheshire, November 2nd.
He dialed 999 saying that he had found his wife lying in a pool of blood, "very dead," adding, "There is blood and blood everywhere, and it looks like it's going to happen." Is made to hit the head. "
In a sequence published today, he is seen in a police van, claiming to have found his wife dead after leaving for the stable.
Between two deep breaths, he said: "A few hours ago, his wife came alone to the stables …
"She said to have forgotten something … I do not know if it was to do with horses.
"I tried to send her a text, I received nothing in return … I thought she had a problem with the horses, we had her in the past, people crashed into the gates or horses came out. "
After that, he continued, "So, I brought torches and she's lying there.
"Oh my God, she's just lying there."
He claimed to have tried to give him mouth to mouth.
After that, he first protested his innocence and was released on bail.
Pomphret denied planning the murder and then tried to hide his tracks.
He told the jury of the Liverpool Crown Court: "One of Marie's favorite TV shows was CSI, and one of the things they've always said is that it's impossible to get rid of the blood. "
But he was arrested again after the police found the "blood in the air" of his wife on her socks, a "huge mistake" that put her at the scene of the crime.
He then had to change his story, said the jury, and admitted manslaughter, saying in tears in court that he "had killed the woman I loved".
Instead, he blamed the behavior of his wife, denied the murder and invoking a "special defense" against a temporary loss of control.
But he was convicted of murder by the jury Friday at the end of a 10-day trial.
Pomphret did not react, the chairman of the jury having rendered the verdict of guilty unanimous after 10 hours 42 minutes of deliberations.
His daughter, Megan, aged 18, was watching from the public gallery with the support of friends and police.
Judge David Aubrey told Pomphret, "You have been convicted by the jury of the murder of your wife.There can be only one sentence – a life sentence."
He said that he would set the minimum sentence before the defendant is eligible for parole when he will deliver his sentence next Tuesday.
Pomphret, a former civil servant, was said to be "breaking up," the jury was told, after years of violence and violence by his "volatile" wife during their 22-year marriage .
He pummeled him to death but claimed to remember nothing of the attack.
Barclays Bank's computer scientist washed his hands, threw a crowbar in a pond and burned and threw blood-stained clothes.
But he had not managed to get rid of his socks, which "would come back to haunt him," the jury said.
Gordon Cole, prosecutor, told the jury: "A huge mistake: this man did not get rid of his socks.
"Without socks, there is no forensic evidence linking him to the scene.
"The big mistake is that he did not get rid of his socks." There was blood in suspension in the air that put him on the scene of the murder.
"Now he's in a scenario where he's on the spot." What's the second-worst-worst solution?
Pomphret had tried to "pull the wool" over the eyes of the jury by claiming that he had simply lost control because of his wife's behavior, Cole said.
The trial learned that the couple had met Ms. Pomphret's 21st birthday and had been "married" with a girl, Megan.
But in the course of their nearly 30-year relationship, his wife's physical and mental health has deteriorated, the jury said.
Ms. Pomphret was suffering from a number of problems, including being on the autistic spectrum, suffering from Asperger's Syndrome and had recently received treatment for cancer.
The accused stated that he and his daughter had developed "coping mechanisms", removing himself and his wife from a situation and deciding to "let her rant".
The court heard that last November 2nd was a normal day – Pomphret went to work, then the couple went shopping in Asda before going to the stables near their home to watch their horses.
Pomphret said that he needed to pick up tools to fix the shower at home, but she shouted that he was "crazy ****** crazy" and "just going to create more shit ", before criticizing their daughter.
He told the court: "She blamed me for being a bad parent, calling me damn." I did not call her useful. She called me softly and said I did not go very well.
"At this point, Marie was furious, completely unleashed, pointing, screaming, and then slapped me in the face.
"Um, I remember holding out his hand to grab his hood and … I do not remember.
"I was standing next to her body, there was blood on my hands and the crowbar was on the floor."
Defensive wounds to his victim's hands and arms were discovered while his wife was covering her head to try to avoid the blows.
He told the jury that he had panicked and that he had "stupidly" decided to try to conceal his tracks.
On cross-examination, Pomphret told the jury that he had lied to the police because he wanted to be there for Megan and "avoid that" in court.
The prosecutor, Mr. Cole, added, "What's this? This is justice for the murder of someone. For the murder of his wife as he l & # 39; 39, did. "
Detective Inspector Adam Waller of the Cheshire Police said: "This case was really shocking and was one of the largest investigations conducted by the gendarmerie in recent years.
"Ann Marie's injuries were horrible and everyone involved in this investigation was determined to track down her killer and ensure that they were brought to justice for their actions.
"What Pomphret did that day tore a family apart and he is now going to face the consequences of that behind bars.
"I hope this will not bring back Ann Marie, but that justice will be done will help them in one way or another."
David Jones of the Mersey Cheshire crown prosecution service added, "David Pomphret thought he had committed the perfect murder, but the murderers always end up making mistakes.
"What is crucial is that he forgot to change the socks that he wore the night of the murder, despite all his other clothes." The socks contained blood splatter in suspension in the air and proved that he was there at the time of the murder.
"The jury accepted the Crown's arguments and rejected Mr. Pomphret's defense of loss of control, but there are no winners in this case.
"The daughter of the Pomphrets, who has just turned 18, has lost her mother and father, because Mr. Pomphret is now sentenced to life in prison, and our thoughts remain with her at this difficult time."
Reportage by the press association.
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