Man, 90, stabbed sick woman in bed after he “lost patience,” the court said

A 90-year-old man tried to murder his ailing wife while she slept after he “ran out of patience” to look after her, a court has heard.

Dward Turpin is said to have attempted to stab 90-year-old Joan Turpin at her home on Ringshall Road in Orpington, Greater London, on September 22 last year.

The jury at the Old Bailey heard on Wednesday that Mrs Turpin, who had lost her sight and needed a catheter, needed her husband’s help.

Turpin felt he “can’t take it anymore” and attacked his wife in their bed around 1.30am before turning the knife on himself, the court was told.

On a 999 call made shortly after the alleged stabbing, he reportedly told an operator, “I can’t take it anymore… She was sick and it just got to me.

“I tried to stab her and I stabbed myself.”

When asked where Ms. Turpin was injured, the defendant said, “By her heart,” the jury heard.

She was stabbed multiple times, including twice in the chest, and suffered wounds to her upper abdomen, neck and hands, sources said.

When the operator told the defendant they could tell him how to stop the bleeding, he reportedly replied, “No, I don’t want to stop the bleeding. We want to die.”

Prosecutor Alistair Richardson said what ensued was a back-and-forth between the husband and the caller, with Turpin possibly trying to imply that he and his wife were making a “suicide pact.”

The defendant eventually hung up, but the operator called back, urging him to explain what happened, sources said.

“Come along, hurry up,” Turpin reportedly told the call operator.

When asked how long his wife had been “like that,” Turpin reportedly replied, “Oh, come on, damn it.”

Mr Richardson said: “You may think that the defendant was trying to give the impression that he and his wife were taking part in a suicide pact. As you will hear, this is a proposal that Joan Turpin firmly opposes.

“During the call, Joan Turpin can be heard screaming for help in the background.

“The defendant hung up. The operator called back. The defendant angrily replied ‘what?’. i just burst i just left

“Shortly thereafter, the operator called back and they spoke again. Once again the defendant says: “I don’t want to do anything now. I want to die. She wants to die”.

“And once again you will hear Joan Turpin calling for help in the background.”

In an audio recording of the call played in court, a voice could be heard saying, “Joan, stop it” and telling the operator he had “tried to stab myself to get me out of this.”

Wearing headphones, Turpin sat in the court well on the first day of his trial to “hopefully hear the evidence more clearly,” Justice Alexia Durran told the jury.

He denies attempted murder and an alternative charge of intentional assault.

Opening the case, Mr Richardson said: “In the early hours of September 22 last year, the defendant Edward Turpin attempted to stab his wife Joan while she was sleeping.

“They had been happily married for years, but Joan Turpin’s health had deteriorated and she had lost her sight. The defendant was her guardian, but by September 22 he was no longer coping. Instead of seeking help, his patience was at the end, he tried to kill you.”

Mr Richardson added: “They were married for many years. You will hear Joan Turpin explain that their marriage was happy and the accused was a good husband.

“It makes the case and events you will consider all the sadder.”

The jury was told that neither society nor the law allows people to “take matters into their own hands,” no matter how difficult caring for a spouse gets.

“There is no doubt that the case you must bring to justice is a sad one – a happy marriage mired in ill health and in which the defendant is no longer able to look after his woman,” said the prosecutor.

“But what neither society nor the law allow, even in the heat of the moment, is for us to take matters into our own hands and try to end someone else’s life. The answer to caring for our partner too much is never trying to take their life.”

Police, who were at the scene after calling 999, found Turpin with stab wounds to his abdomen and his wife calling for help upstairs, sources said.

He was taken to an ambulance in slippers and pajama pants, where he was treated by medics, while his wife was found in a bedroom saying, “I can’t breathe, I’m blind,” jurors heard.

The defendant covered his face with his hands as bodycam footage played in court showing the elderly woman, then 89, being led downstairs by rescue workers.

The process goes on. Man, 90, stabbed sick woman in bed after he “lost patience,” the court said

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