‘Peace and quiet’: Fugitive turns himself in to police after growing sick of lockdown life – Evening Standard


wanted man handed himself in to police rather than spend any more time in lockdown with the people he lives with. He surrendered to officers on Wednesday afternoon in a bid for some “peace and quiet” from his flatmates, Sussex Police said. Being cooped up in the pandemic has led many to yearn for some space from the people they share homes with.

But the man appears to have got to the point where even a return to Her Majesty’s prison estate was preferable. Inspector Darren Taylor, from Sussex Police, posted about the bizarre exchange on Twitter with a minion gif from Despicable Me. He said: “Peace and quiet!

Wanted male handed himself in to the team yesterday afternoon after informing us he would rather go back to prison then have to spend more time with the people he was living with!


“One in custody and heading back to prison to serve some further time on his own.” It comes as a pensioner who strangled his wife to death five days into the first UK lockdown was cleared of her murder. Anthony Williams, 70, told police he “literally choked the living daylights” out of his wife Ruth, 67, on the morning of March 28 last year after a period of feeling depressed and anxious.

Williams told police he had suffered sleepless nights in the run-up to the attack due to “trivial” fears including that he would run out of money because he was not able to attend his bank to take out cash from his savings. In interviews read to the jury, Williams agreed with detectives that he was responsible for the killing of his wife of 46 years, telling them he “snapped” while in bed before putting his hands around her throat and “choking the living daylights out of her” after she told him to calm down. He said he chased his wife downstairs and again grabbed her by her throat as she tried to unlock the front door to escape, saying he found himself “throttling her to death”.

Mrs Williams was found slumped in the couple’s porch with a pair of keys in her hand. The jury at Swansea Crown Court unanimously found Williams not guilty of murder. Williams, from Brynglas, Cwmbran, previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

Judge Paul Thomas said he would sentence Williams today.

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