The couple's son, also named Denver, found "blood everywhere" when he visited their home in Dam Lane, Woolston, and heard his father say: "I tried to kill your mother. His parents were sitting on the bathroom floor with the defendant cradling his wife with her head on a pillow, the court heard. Later Beddows told a police officer that his wife was "going mad" and went on to say: "Why did she not die? Don't try to bring her back.
He went on to say: "I have made a mess of it and now she is still suffering Why didn't she die? She is the most beautiful woman in the world and I have made it worse. I would happily be a murderer. I couldn't keep it up. She was petrified about going into hospital.
Philip Tully, defending, said: "He had not agreed to end his wife's life at the first request but did so following repeated requests at a time when he was in a state of exhaustion and despair in relation to his wife's well-being. He submitted that his client had acted spontaneously with the "briefest intention to end his wife's life". Psychiatric reports had showed Beddows — who had a history of depression dating back to — was "clearly under a great degree of mental strain and was not thinking straight", he added. Mr Tully said: "In my submission there would be no purpose in sending this man to immediate custody.
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He is a man who loved his wife dearly and describes his 65 years of marriage as 'perfect and happy'. I loved her to bits. We never had any problems'. Mr Tully said: "It is not expected that Mrs Beddows will be in a fit state to return home even if she wanted to. I am told that although she had been concerned about being taken into hospital, in fact the hospital where she is at the moment she likes and she is being well cared for.
Judge Goldstone told him: "Although this was a terrible crime, the blame which attaches to you for what you did is far outreached by the tragedy of the situation and the circumstances in which you found yourself in. The increase in their numbers might suggest that the courts' emphasis should be on punishment and deterrence rather than the exercise of compassion. There may be elderly defendants, even very elderly defendants, whose previous history or whose offending makes the imposition of an immediately custodial sentence wholly appropriate.
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The Independent Books. Voucher Codes. Minds Articles. Subscription offers. Subscription sign in. Read latest edition. UK Edition. US Edition. Log in using your social network account. Please enter a valid password. Keep me logged in. Try Independent Minds free for 1 month See the options. He went on to say: "I have made a mess of it and now she is still suffering Why didn't she die? She is the most beautiful woman in the world and I have made it worse. I would happily be a murderer.
I couldn't keep it up. She was petrified about going into hospital. Earlier in April Beddows pleaded guilty to attempted murder, was sentenced to two years in jail, suspended for two years. Sentencing the pensioner - who had been in custody since the incident - the Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Clement Goldstone QC, noted that Mrs Beddows had forgiven her husband and that she wished to be reunited with him.
Judge Goldstone - who described the pair's relationship as "true love" - said: "It is an irony that, following your attack upon her, you rued the fact that she had not died because you regarded yourself as having failed her by failing in your efforts to kill her. I know that will not be facilitated or allowed to happen if the authorities consider that your wife remains at risk from a further attack from you, whatever your motives may be.
It was the couple's son - also called Denver - who discovered the pair after the attack. I am sorry.