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Arminghall wife killer told police he could not remember picking up the hammer

12:25 07 December 2012

Flowers left in memory of Angela Crompton outside the house in Arminghall, south of Norwich

Flowers left in memory of Angela Crompton outside the house in Arminghall, south of Norwich

A metal sculptor who killed his wife in a vicious hammer attack, told police he could not remember picking up the weapon, or how it came to be in the house.

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Father-of-two Thomas Crompton admits killing his wife Angela, 34, below, but denies murdering the mother-of-three on June 11 at their home in Arminghall Lane, Arminghall, near Norwich.

In lengthy police interviews read to the jury at Norwich Crown Court yesterday, Crompton, 39, told police that they were arguing and he remembered slipping and both of them falling on to the floor, with him on top. He said: “I remember putting my hands round her throat and she was smiling at me. It was a blue kind of mist, and I remember her skin changed colour to blue.” But he said he could not remember how the hammer came to be in his hand or where he had picked it up.

“But I remember having the hammer in my hand. I hit her in the face, and I know I hit her more than once.”

He said he used the hammer regularly and it was normally kept in his foundry. “I used it for breaking the ceramic shell of iron and bronze casting, and hammering large nails into things,” he said.

Crompton said in interview that afterwards he told his workmate, Bjorn Fiskvatn: “I think I’ve killed Angela”.

Crompton then returned to the house, and said: “I tried to feel her neck, wrist, but I did not know if she was alive or not.” However, the court heard that Mr Fiskvatn had a different recollection of what happened, and said that Crompton had told him “That’s it. I have killed her”.

The workmate also recalled Crompton saying that he did not want her to live, but Crompton told police he would not have said that, and at no point wanted her to die. Crompton also told police that he did not think he would have killed his wife, if he had not been experiencing such a stressful day.

Angela Crompton died in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge on June 13.

The trial continues on Monday.

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