A pensioner, 76, who murdered his wife at home has been jailed for life, with a minimum term of 14 years.
Edward Henderson Small left his partner Sheila, 73, with several fractures and 20 injuries to her head after hitting her with a rolling pin and a walking stick at their property in Bradford on December 17, 2018.
He carried out ‘sustained violence’ on his frail wife, who was only 4ft 11ins tall and weighed under nine stone.
Judge Neil Davey QC said the great-grandfather was at the ‘end of your tether’ when he killed Sheila, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2015.
Small, a retired engineer, had found his role as her full-time carer ‘increasingly burdensome’ and frustrating but he declined help from Social Services, asking only for assistance with the ironing.
Judge Davey said he would not have killed his wife if he hadn’t been drinking alcohol.
Judge Davey said: ‘That was the catalyst for the attack. It wasn’t a sudden flare of temper. Your frustration boiled over into physical violence and you beat her to death.
‘She endured a significant amount of physical suffering before her death.’
Tahir Khan QC, Small’s barrister, said of the couple’s marriage: ‘This was, by and large, a strong and loving relationship.’
He added: ‘Instead of seeking help, he took on himself the burden of caring for his wife. That may be the generation that he came from – the Windrush generation.’
Mr Khan said at the time of the murder, Mrs Small was ‘a shell of the woman she had been.’
The court heard family members felt guilty for not doing more to help the couple and Mrs Small was described as ‘a wonderful human being missed by all the family’.
Detective Superintendent Mark Swift added: ‘Small said the attack on his wife was as a result of him briefly losing control as he struggled to cope with her condition.
‘However, the jury agreed with the prosecution’s case that it was sustained violence over a period of time which resulted in her death.’
Small was convicted of one count of murder by a jury in May and was jailed for life at Bradford Crown Court on Friday.
He was told he must serve a minimum of 14 years, meaning he will be almost 90 before is released from jail.