Wednesday, December 26, 2007

More Merry Xmas stories

Maybe she wouldn't let him go play golf?

Wife found dead under family's Christmas tree
From The Times

Yepoka Yeebo and Dominic Kennedy

A retired businessman is believed to have killed his wife and left her body under the Christmas tree before driving his car off the road and fatally injuring himself.

Susan Goswell, 63, a retired teacher, may have been battered to death with one of her husband’s golf clubs. Roger Goswell, 66, a prominent amateur golfer, then apparently killed himself by driving a Smart car into a tree.

Villagers in the South Downs reacted with disbelief to the tale emerging from the country home of the peacefully retired couple from West Chiltington (population 3,500), near Pulborough, West Sussex.

Police were led to Mrs Goswell’s body after her husband drove into the tree half a mile from their home at 8.50pm on Sunday.

Officers went to his address and became suspicious when nobody answered the door. They forced their way into the gated bungalow, set amid more than half an acre of land, and discovered the former teacher’s body among the tinsel, presents and decorations.

A source close to the investigation said: “We are working on the assumption that the husband killed his wife and then killed himself by driving his car into a tree.