These things happen

Sympathies all around.

A former UKIP councillor has been found guilty of murdering his wife, after he had an affair with their son’s partner.

Stephen Searle, 64, strangled his wife Anne at their home in Stowmarket, Suffolk, on 30 December.

Searle had previously told a jury his wife had uncovered his affair with Ms Pomiateeva, who is the mother to at least one of their grandchildren, months before she died.

Following the verdict, former politician Bill Mountford told BBC Suffolk he still considered Searle “a friend”, adding “these things happen”.

Mr Mountford, who was leader of UKIP at Suffolk County Council when Searle was a councillor, said: “I still regard Steve as fundamentally a decent man who has found himself in circumstances beyond his control.

“I’m not condoning it in any way but I was very, very sad to hear of Steve’s conviction.

“I’m well aware domestic disputes can get out of hand but I feel equally sorry for both Steve and his now deceased wife.”

Yeah. It’s so sad for him, and she was probably a total bitch about it.

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