'I CAN'T COME TO WORK TODAY.. I HAVE KILLED MY WIFE' ; Printer alerts boss in call [Mirror (UK)]
(Mirror (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A MAN told his boss on the phone he would not be able to make it into work because he had killed his wife, a court heard yesterday.
Michael Carroll, 60, was said to be struggling with cash worries and was "very stressed" when he strangled Elisabeth, 64, at home.
His boss Vernon MacFarlane phoned the "always punctual" laminator after he failed to show up at work.
Mr MacFarlane, who had employed him for 12 years, said: "I rang him and asked if he was well and he said no. I said 'you'd better get yourself over to see a doctor' and he said 'It's a bit late for that'.
"I said 'why, what's wrong?' And he said 'I think I've killed Liz.'
"At this stage I didn't really believe she was dead and I said 'have you called an ambulance or the police?' He said no. I asked him if I should do it and he said yes.
"I put the phone down and was a bit shocked, so I told my brother the story and asked him to ring the ambulance for me."
Mr MacFarlane, a senior partner at Mac Print Finishing in Peterborough, Cambs, told the jury he had noticed Carroll's stress levels rising in the two weeks before Elisabeth's death and had endeavoured to help.
He said: "When I asked him what was wrong he said he had to pay his mortgage and he didn't think he could. He had to pay Pounds 75,000 in five years and that was what was worrying him."
Colleague Kenneth Ridparr, who had worked with Carroll for eight years, said his personality completely changed in the two weeks before he killed Elisabeth.
Mr Ridparr said: "He was very stressed. He got some news about his mortgage. It was coming on to the time when he was going to have to deal with it."
Carroll had taken out an interest-only mortgage in 1989 without an endowment policy and did not have enough in pensions to pay the debt.
Financial adviser Ian Cooper said he had been discussing loan options with the couple, options who sel who did not want to sell their home.
Carroll earned Pounds 13,624 a year while Elisabeth got Pounds 2,340 a year "probably from her pension" after she had been made redundant in the 1990s.
Cambridge crown court couple's m court heard the couple's mortgage interest was costing them an estimated Pounds 460 a month and they were living on a net disposable income of just Pounds 360 a month.
Peter Gair, prosecuting, said Carroll snapped when the financial stress became too much for him in May 2012.
He attacked his wife of 23 years, who had overcome bowel cancer, in their living room while he was wearing his pyjamas and she was still in her dressing gown and nightdress.
He denies murder but admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
The trial continues.
He had an interest-only mortgage and had to pay Pounds 75K in five years KILLER'S EMPLOYER
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