A NURSE has been jailed for stabbing her husband as he slept next to her.
Rebecca Searing, 52, brutally murdered her husband Paul, 57, shortly after writing “It’s time to kill” on her computer.
She stabbed Paul in the stomach as he slept at home in Harlow, Essex, before phoning 999 in a panic.
Despite the paramedics’ best efforts, Mr. Searing could not be saved.
Searing was found guilty of his murder and is now imprisoned for life – with a minimum sentence of 17 years.
When officers arrived at the Searings’ home after the February 12 attack, they found the woman sitting downstairs by a computer.
She told officers, “I can’t believe I just did that” and “I’m going down for it.”
A bloodstained knife was also found in the house.
When police searched her computer, officers found the words “Choose if it’s time to kill” written in a chilling piece of evidence.
When he was in custody, Searing told a police officer, “I’m going to get 25 years for this, aren’t I?”
The couple had suffered from an unhealthy, toxic marriage, Chelmsford Crown Court was told.
Both Searing and her husband drank heavily – and both abused the other, it was said.
Searing said she suffered from domestic violence every month – and the Covid lockdown made it worse.
Judge Christopher Morgan called the couple’s relationship “unhappy”.
Dressed in a maroon long-sleeved T-shirt, Searing showed no emotion as she was convicted of murder.
She had previously admitted to manslaughter but denied murder and claimed to have lost control at the time.
Searing had told the court: “The last thing I remember is Paul saying I was hopeless and useless.
“I don’t remember calling 999, I don’t remember stabbing him and I don’t remember an argument or being scared.”
However, a paramedic reported hearing Searing say, “I just took my chance.”
At the conclusion of the trial, Judge Christopher Morgan said to her: “The jury found you guilty of murder.
“You know that under these circumstances I can only make one sentence.
“The review for the court is the minimum time before you will be considered for release. Sentencing will be on September 7th.”
Lead Investigator Detective Inspector Lydia George said: “My thoughts are with my family and loved ones at this time.
“While this will not bring Paul back, I hope today’s verdict can bring some justice to his family and they can begin to rebuild their lives.
“Rebecca Searing took Paul’s life in a moment of extreme violence.
“This case shows how quickly incidents of domestic violence can escalate and how serious the consequences can be.
“Rebecca Searing now has a lot of time in prison to reflect on her actions.”
How to get help
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Keep your phone close at all times.
- Contact charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat hotline and services like SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarize yourself with the silent solution and report abuse without speaking on the phone, instead dialing ’55’.
- Always carry some money with you, including change for a payphone or bus ticket.
- If you suspect your partner will attack you, try moving to a less vulnerable area of the house — for example, where there is an exit and access to a phone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid spaces where you could become trapped, such as B. the bathroom, or where you could be locked in a closet or other small space.
If you have been a victim of domestic violence, the SupportLine is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Aid offers a live chat service available weekdays from 8am to 6pm and weekends from 10am to 6pm.
You can also call the 24-hour toll-free domestic abuse hotline on 0808 2000 247.
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