Gun dealer Peter Hartshorn Jones used a double-barrel shotgun to fire on his wife Silke last year. Apps in Crown Court. Was told.
Hartshorn Jones, 42, told a neighbor a few days before her death that her 52-year-old husband was “not feeling well at all and was having a hard time,” the prosecution said.
Prosecutor Peter Gere said the defendant had “extensive contact with various health professionals” between March 16 and April 27.
Mr Gear told the court that Mr Hartshorn Jones had contacted the ambulance service, A&E departments and private GPs 26 times during that time.
Prosecutors added that no cause was found for the 52-year-old’s symptoms.
Defendant pleaded guilty to murder with minimal responsibility, the court said, adding that he suffered from an “abnormal state of mind.”
Mr Gere said that after shooting his wife, the defendant called 999 from his landline at 4.44am “asking the police, not the ambulance service”.
“During the call, he told the operator that he had shot his wife, saying ’10 minutes ago, ‘” the prosecutor said.
“I think she’s really dying.”
He further added that he shot his wife twice in the chest, which is not far from the truth. He remained on the phone while armed officers were dispatched to his address.
Mr Hartshorn Jones was arrested on the driveway of his home in Barham, a village in Suffolk.
His 42-year-old wife, a German citizen who was a competent lawyer, was found on the floor of his bedroom with injuries to his left upper arm and chest. He suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead at the hospital after 6.40am.
The couple had been married since 2010 – three years after Ms. Hartshorn Jones moved to London.
Mr Prosecutor Mr Mr said: “There is no evidence that I have seen any marital problems by March 2020, when the epidemic of cowardice 19 was so rampant in the UK that The lockdown was imposed. ” Gear said.
“Then it is clear from the evidence that the defendant believed he was infected with the virus.”
Mr Gear told the Spotch Crown Court that the defendant had answered “no” to firearms certificate applications in 2000 and 2015, in response to a question about whether he had ever treated a mental health condition.
The prosecutor said that since then it has been found that “the medical notice before his signature contains the installments, definitely for renewal in 2015”.
Police are revoking the defendant’s firearms license, he said.
The sentencing hearing will continue on Thursday in Apswich Crown Court.
Additional reporting by the Press Association