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An 80-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of his elderly wife.

The Whole Day Through, By Patrick Gale

Middle-class melancholia has long been the subject matter of Patrick Gale's fiction. Here he examines a familiar mid-life dilemma: "Did I make the right choice?" Laura Lewis, an accountant in her forties, has returned to Winchester to care for her elderly mother.

How a single bullet halted Taliban attack

A sniper ended a Taliban attack in an Afghan village with a single shot, it was revealed today.

Identity change for student cleared of rape

A student cleared of raping a solicitor who claimed she was too drunk to consent to sex, said today that he still felt he had been "punished" despite being acquitted.

Husband jailed for manslaughter of wife

A man who stabbed his wife more than 30 times after she admitted to an affair has been jailed for nine years. Alisdair Sinclair, 48, was cleared of murder, but convicted of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility at Winchester Crown Court.

Gentleman's Relish, By Patrick Gale

Stories with spice from Cornwall to Bali

Husband guilty of executive wife's manslaughter

A jealous husband who stabbed his Vodafone executive wife more than 30 times in a rage after she admitted to an affair was today found guilty of manslaughter.

Man denies trying to saw off his wife's head

A husband accused of stabbing his Vodafone executive wife to death in a jealous rage yesterday denied that he attempted to cut her head off.

'Rent arrears' student wins right to graduate

University threatened to withhold degree if alleged debts were not paid

Twin admits faking identity while on remand

A man pleaded guilty today to attempting to pervert the course of justice by switching identities with his twin brother, causing him to be wrongly released from custody.

Lady Tess Swann: Organist, viola player and wife of Lord Swann

Many readers in Edinburgh will recollect the lovely lady who added to university occasions at which her husband, then Sir Michael Swann FRS, the vice-chancellor, (1965-1973) presided. Even more readers in London and throughout Britain will remember the charming hostess wife of Lord Swann, as he became when he was a hugely respected chairman of the board of governors of the BBC, 1973-1980. But Lady Tess Swann was far from being in her distinguished husband's slipstream. She was a talented musician: a sought-after viola player, and perhaps above all a superb organist, an associate of the Royal College of Organists.

Man jailed for crashing car into store window

A drunk driver who crashed his Rolls-Royce into Tesco's because he had a grudge against the company was today jailed for 16 months.

Mother relieved as daughter's 1979 killer is named

The mother of a woman who was murdered 30 years ago spoke today of her "relief" that her daughter's real killer has now been named.

Bigger really is better for A-level students looking for a sixth form

Larger colleges are more likely to achieve better results, research finds

Up with the skylarks on the South Downs

From lofty chalk hills to hushed woods and quiet valleys, Mark Rowe strides out in Britain's newest national park

Student accused over terror plot

The trial of a Somalian student accused of failing to disclose an alleged terrorist plot opened today.

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