Wife, 83, Admits Stabbing Husband, 85, To Death In Their Home

An 83-year-old woman was suffering from ‘temporary dementia’ when she killed her 85-year-old husband, a court has heard. Marjorie Grayson has admitted stabbing to death her spouse Alan, at their Sheffield home. Grayson pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility when she appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday.Mr Grayson was found dead at the home the couple shared in Orgreave Lane, Handsworth, in September last year. South Yorkshire police said Mr Grayson died at the scene of stab wounds. His wife had originally been charged with his murder but her plea to manslaughter was accepted by prosecutors following medical reports. She was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on April 12 after further reports. Prosecutor Dafydd Enoch QC told the court that psychiatrists agreed Grayson was suffering from ‘mental impairment at the time from temporary dementia’. The judge, Mr Justice Nicklin, told the defendant that he will be ‘exploring the possibility of alternatives to immediate custody’.Grayson, who was wearing a blue jumper, red trousers and sporting grey hair tied in a pony tail, was allowed to sit in the well of the court, behind her barrister, for the hearing. She was originally in the glass-fronted dock but was allowed to move when hearing equipment in the court failed. Many members of her family watched the proceedings from the public gallery of court one. At the time, the couple’s family described their father’s death as ‘impossible to comprehend’. They described the pair as a ‘loving happy couple’ who ‘abhorred violence’. ‘We are devastated by what has happened,’ they added.Photo Credit: Getty


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