Diabetic in murder case gets life

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A DIABETIC who carried out his promise to slash his wife and kill her father if she left him was jailed for life yesterday, after changing his plea on the second day of his trial at Reading Crown Court, writes Ian Mackinnon.

Alexander Bamford, 34, armed himself with a butcher's boning knife, went to his wife's family home and, after murdering his father-in-law, stabbed his wife through the heart and then injured her mother.

Bamford had denied murdering Ronald Browne, attempting to murder his wife, Diane, and wounding his mother-in-law, Irene Browne, with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

But he changed his plea after Diane Browne told the court of his earlier threats and of the bloodbath during the attack at the house in the Whitley Wood area of Reading in July 1991.

Several months after the couple parted Bamford arrived at the house drunk and smashed his way in after Miss Browne had refused to allow him to take their three children for the day.

She saw her 59-year-old father on the floor with Bamford on top of him. When she tried to stop him knifing her father, he stabbed her as well.

The jury was also ordered to return a guilty verdict on a charge of aggravated burglary, but returned a not guilty verdict on a charge of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to Miss Browne's brother-in-law.