A woman in her sixties has been charged with murder after her husband was shot twice in the chest with a shotgun while he lay in bed.Well, of course! What else could she do – leave him? Pshaw!
Helen Lawson, a clay pigeon shooting enthusiast, is alleged to have got up in the early hours of Sunday and taken her gun and ammunition from locked cabinets before shooting her husband, Geoffrey, at their cottage on the Isle of Wight.
Mrs Lawson, 61, then called the police to her home, the former post office in the village of Wellow, and admitted what she had done, saying that she had suffered years of verbal and physical abuse, the local magistrates’ court was told.
No doubt she’s counting on the new legislation announced last year being passed by the time she comes to trial so she’ll get a manslaughter sentence for it, instead of the murder sentence she’s charged with, and she fully deserves.
Naturally, her hired mouthpiece is on hand to release media-friendly statements ensuring that the survivor’s story is the only one told:
Roger Merry, Mrs Lawson’s solicitor, said that the couple, who both had children from previous marriages, had moved to the Isle of Wight to start a new life.And with today’s ‘justice-lite’, it probably never will…!
He said that close friends and family knew about alleged abuse that she had suffered at the hands of her husband. He said that Mrs Lawson was now feeling “an element of numbness – the reality of what she has done has not kicked in yet”.
Still, the message that ‘women with abusive husbands have no option but to kill them’ certainly seems to be prevalent in her community:
Another woman neighbour said: “Helen is a really lovely lady who would never cause anyone any trouble but her husband could be a difficult man.Not as drastic as her leaving him, though. Now, that would be shocking…
“It’s a terrible shock that something so drastic has happened.”