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Read and hear 999 call made by ex-UKIP councillor Stephen Searle after killing wife

PUBLISHED: 21:24 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 22:24 17 July 2018

The scene in The Brickfields, Stowmarket, in December last year. Inset, former UKIP county councillor Stephen Searle, who has been convicted of murdering his wife. Picture: ARCHANT

The scene in The Brickfields, Stowmarket, in December last year. Inset, former UKIP county councillor Stephen Searle, who has been convicted of murdering his wife. Picture: ARCHANT

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Police have issued the full 999 call made by a former UKIP councillor just an hour after suffocating his wife.

Former Royal Marine Stephen Searle, who was trained in unarmed combat, strangled his 62-year-old partner Anne in December last year after she discovered he’d been having an affair with their daughter in law.

Searle, 64, of Brickfields, Stowmarket, denied murdering his wife but has today been convicted by a jury.

He will be sentenced tomorrow.

During the 999 call Searle made to police on December 30 last year he said: “I’ve just killed my wife...bit different for you tonight I expect.

“Happy New Year.”

When asked how he killed her, Searle adds: “Erm...suffocation really, I guess. Bit of a bizarre situation.”

After his arrest Searle told police: “I’ve been a very naughty boy” and “everyone has their breaking point”.

• Here is the full transcript of the 999 call:

Call handler: “Hello, can you hear me?

Searle: “Yeah, I can hear you, can you hear me?”

CH: “Yep.”

S: “I’ve er... just killed my wife.”

CH: ”You’ve just killed your wife.”

S: “Yeah.”

CH: “Okay.”

S: “Bit different for you tonight I expect...Happy New Year.”

CH: “...and how have you killed her?”

S: “Erm...suffocation really, I guess. Bit of a bizarre situation but you know...never mind.”

CH: “Okay, is it just the two of you in the house?”

S: “Er ... well just the one of us now.”

CH: “Right, okay.”

S: “Well two ... if you like.”

CH: “Okay, is there any other sort of issues that the officers need to be aware of when they come into the house? Is there anything dangerous?”

S: “Erm, not really. I’m not violent, I’m not nothing.”

CH: “Stephen, can I just get you to go and answer the door? I believe we should have some officers there. Are you able to just go and speak to them?”

S: “Okay, they’re here now, are they?”

CH: “They should be there.”

S: “All right, I’m on me way.”

CH: “Okay.”

S: “I’m on me way as we speak...ah, hello buddies! How are you, alright?”

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