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Warwickshire man jailed for life for the murder of his estranged wife

A Warwickshire man has today (Thursday 24 May) been jailed for life for the murder of his estranged wife in a fit of rage in Knightcote, Warwickshire, last year.

Andrew McIntosh
Andrew McIntosh
At Warwick Crown Court yesterday, a jury found Andrew Thomas McIntosh, 54, of Woolscott, guilty of murdering Patricia McIntosh on the 15th November 2017.

On that evening, Andrew McIntosh went to their marital home in Knightcote to discus the sale of the property. Patricia repeatedly asked him to leave, but Andrew McIntosh ignored her pleas and consumed with anger he beat her to death; striking her multiple times to the head with punches, kicks, and a saucepan.

He then drove home and drank a bottle of wine, leaving Patricia to die from her injuries.

Friends of Andrew McIntosh reported their concerns to police who attended the property where they discovered Patricia, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers circulated details of Andrew McIntosh's vehicle and he was stopped at 9.45pm and arrested.

Andrew McIntosh will serve a minimum of 17 years before being considered for release on license.

Following the verdict, Detective Sergeant Gareth Unett, said, "Andrew McIntosh claimed he didn't know what he was doing and that he was not culpable for his actions. However, the jury saw McIntosh for what he is, a violent manipulative man. Following their separation he had the arrogance to believe he could continue to control Patricia.

"Andrew McIntosh went to the house that night with the intention of getting his own way; when he didn't, he beat Patricia to death. This wasn't a moment of madness, this was a ferocious and sustained attack that left Patricia with multiple injuries to her head and body.

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Patricia McIntosh
"Throughout the investigation police have spoken to many people, all of whom describe Patricia as a beautiful, kind, caring woman. She was much loved by her friends and family.

"Patricia's family has acted with dignity throughout this investigation and court case. I can only imagine the pain they are going through. It is clear that no sentence can put right the pain Andrew McIntosh has caused them."

In a statement, Patricia's family, said:
"We'd like to thank the police and Crown Prosecution Service for their professionalism and determination to get the right outcome for Patricia.

"We still don't understand and accept how or why this happened and why he has put us through a trial; he had the choice to do the right thing and plead guilty. He has shown no remorse.

"No sentence is long enough and no sentence will bring her back.

"We will continue to go on with our lives and make her proud, as we were of her. She is always with us.

"We ask for privacy and the opportunity to try and heal in peace."

Sentencing Andrew McIntosh, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC described the killing as "violent and callous" and said: "Violence was almost certainly the outcome of this encounter."

He added: "When anyone with an ounce of compassion would have sought medical help, you simply pulled down the blinds and left."

Addressing Patricia's family, Judge Lockhart QC said: "I can offer no solace. I hope that in time you find some hope; there is always hope."

He went on to praise the officers involved in the investigation and said that he would be writing to the Chief Constable to recommend them for commendations.

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Communications Officer

Published 24/05/18