A man has admitted murdering a woman in her own home and seriously wounding her husband.
Craig Bird, 32, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today, Monday, October 31, and entered guilty pleas to charges he murdered Colleen Westlake and caused serious injury to her husband at their home in Pines Road, Chelmsford, on April 17.
Police were contacted at 1.30am on Sunday, April 17, with reports of a man being assaulted inside the address.
When they attended the address officers found a man and a woman injured inside. Mrs Westlake, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene and her husband was taken to hospital having suffered serious injuries.
A post-mortem examination later found a provision cause of death for Mrs Westlake as blunt force trauma and strangulation.
Mr Westlake is still suffering the effects of the assault.
Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Stephen Jennings said following the guilty pleas: “I am pleased that Bird has admitted his guilt in court today and has saved witnesses and Mr Westlake the ordeal of reliving the events of that day.
“While we now await to see how long the judge sets the minimum term Bird will serve in jail, his mandatory life sentence should offer some reassurance to the wider family and surrounding community that he will serve a lengthy term in prison.”
Bird will be sentenced at the same court tomorrow, Tuesday, November 1.