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Man Choked Wife To Death For Asking; ‘Do You Still Love Me’

A 60-year-old, Keith Farquharson, a former policeman murdered his wife, Alice moments after she asked him if he still loved her.

Man Choked Wife To Death For Asking; 'Do You Still Love Me'

The former policeman choked Alice to death at their home in Aberdeen, then tried to dupe detectives.

Farquharson made up a story that the 56-year-old Alice, had banged her head in the bedroom while he was in the shower.

But yesterday, a jury at the High Court in Glasgow rejected his lies and found the love cheat father-of-three guilty of murder.

The couple’s children, chemical engineer Joanna, teacher Sarah and son Kerr, who is in the RAF, were in court for the verdict.

The children said;

At times since our mum’s death and as we spoke about what lay ahead of us, we would catch ourselves and ask, ‘Can you believe that this has happened?

Our family will never be the same again and we cannot begin to describe the devastating impact this tragedy has had on us.

According to Gary Winter, detective Inspector;

On the day of Alice’s death, Keith Farquharson deceived paramedics, police officers, his friends and, above all, his own family.

Although the verdict can’t change what happened, I hope the outcome gives them some sense of justice for their mum.

According to reports, Farquharson was dogged by string of sex scandals at the former Grampian Police force and eventually quit in disgrace 10 years ago.

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Alice, who is a primary school teaching assistant, stood by her husband during his lengthy suspension from duty.

Alice had suspicions Farquharson was seeing another woman again.

Farquharson told jurors he had a number of affairs. He had a relationship with another woman, which ended in 2008 when Alice and his family found out.

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On the morning of the murder, he got up to start his shift as a school bus driver. As she lay in bed, Alice asked him: “Do you love me?”

Farquharson “groaned” before claiming his wife slapped him.

The ex-traffic officer then claimed a struggle ensured and he put his hand over Alice’s mouth to stop her screaming.

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Farquharson claimed;

It was as if she started to choke. When I let go, she just rolled off the bed.” He made a panicked 999 call but medics were unable to save Alice.

She suffered “mechanical asphyxia”. Farquharson then spun a web of lies to relatives claiming he had discovered Alice stricken in the bedroom.

At his trial, he confessed;

I continued with the lie because I was in a state of shock. I felt guilty and did not want my family to know.

Farquharson whose guilty plea to the lesser charge of culpable homicide had earlier been rejected – faces a life sentence when he returns to the dock next month.

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