AN AIRLINE pilot accused of killing his estranged wife by bludgeoning her to death in the kitchen of her south Warwickshire home has pleaded not guilty to her murder.
Patricia McIntosh had been found dead in her home in the village of Knightcote near Gaydon, at around 9.15pm on Wednesday November 15.
Her husband Andrew McIntosh, who had also lived there until earlier in the year, was arrested when the police stopped him in his car in Rugby about half an hour later.
And at Warwick Crown Court, 54-year-old Mr McIntosh, who lived in a cottage at Woolscott Manor, Woolscott, near Rugby, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Patricia McIntosh.
Prosecutor Peter Grieves-Smith said a date had already been set of May 14 for the trial, which was expected to last for five to seven days.
That is comparatively short for a murder trial, and Judge Andrew Lockhart QC observed it appeared a lot of the facts of the case, in which Mr McIntosh is accused of ‘bludgeoning the deceased to death in the kitchen,’ were agreed.
He asked whether there would be a further count of manslaughter, but Mr Grieves-Smith said there would not.
The court heard a psychiatric report had been prepared for the defence by Dr Dinesh Maganty, with another to be prepared for the prosecution by Dr Nicholas Kennedy, and there will also be a pathologist’s report.
Judge Lockhart also ordered that a ‘defence case statement,’ outlining the defence to the charge, should be served by February 2, telling Mr McIntosh: “It must be a full one, or it might count against you.”
He adjourned the case for trial, and for a further case management hearing in April, and remanded Mr McIntosh in custody.