A PILOT accused of killing his estranged wife by kicking her to death in the kitchen of her south Warwickshire home has been remanded in custody.
The police were called to Patricia McIntosh’s home in the village of Knightcote, near Gaydon, at around 9.15pm on Wednesday November 15.
The 56-year-old, who with her pilot husband Andrew, had moved to Knightcote from Southam about three years ago, is understood to have suffered fatal head injuries.
Andrew McIntosh, who had also lived at the address until earlier this year, was arrested when police stopped him in his car in Rugby about half an hour later.
The 54-year-old, who moved to a cottage at Woolscott Manor, Woolscott, near Rugby, appeared at Warwick Crown Court after being charged with his wife’s murder.
Judge Andrew Lockhart QC fixed May 14 next year for the start of the trail.
Although Mr McIntosh will not make a plea on the murder charge until a hearing in January, Nick Devine, defending, pointed out there was no indication he would enter anything but a not guilty plea.
When asked by prosecutor Peter Grieves-Smith if he could indicate whether Mr McIntosh would accept ‘unlawful killing,’ Mr Devine responded: “Yes”.
Mr Devine said it would be a case involving medical experts, and legal aid had been applied for a psychiatric report.
Judge Lockhart said any psychiatric evidence from the defence would have to be ready by January 12.
The judge adjourned for a plea and trial preparation hearing to take place on January 19.
Mr McIntosh was appearing via a video link from prison, but the judge directed he should be produced at court for the next hearing.