This week 60 years ago: Finsbury man ‘goes blank’ and kills his wife

Islington Gazette: May 17, 1957

Islington Gazette: May 17, 1957 - Credit: Archant

A husband “went blank” and strangled his wife to death, a court heard.

The suspect, a 34-year-old tool maker of Rosoman Street, Finsbury, was hauled before Clerkenwell Magistrates’ Court, where he was remanded in custody.

Supt William Baker told the hearing: “I saw him at King’s Cross police station and told him: ‘I have just seen the body of your wife at your home. She appears to have been strangled. I have reason to believe you can help me in my enquiries.’

“He made a short statement, which concluded: ‘She kept on at me when we went to bed tonight. I felt something poking me. I went blank and can’t remember any more.’”

Meanwhile, a record 400 activists attended the 50th anniversary celebration of the women’s branch of the Islington North Conservative Association.

It took place at the Upper Holloway Hall, and there was talk of redecorating the building to commemorate the milestone.

At the end of the party, everyone sang Land of Hope and Glory.