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BT boss charged with murdering wife found by police at local pub after her death

A senior BT executive charged with murdering his wife was arrested at the local pub after a family member found her dying at home, a court heard.

Leslie Winnister, 68, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from HMP Highdown charged with murdering the retired bank worker who had been his wife for 42 years.

Suzanne Winnister, 66, was discovered with severe head and neck injuries when police were called to their gated £1.6m mock-Tudor house in Bexley, southeast London, on September 8.

Bill Emlyn-Jones, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was found in the pub, there were some blood stains on his shirt, that of his wife.”

The Bexley home cordoned off

He said Mrs Winnister had suffered ‘fatal injuries to the head and neck’ as a result of a violent assault.

Mr Winnister has served as BT’s treasurer for 15 years and is currently registered as a director of the telecom giant’s property and investment arms.

Judge Nigel Lickley QC said: “It would appear that this incident arose for reasons that are yet to be explained.”

Police were first called to the couple’s home at around 9.15pm last Tuesday.

The London Ambulance Service attended and Mrs Winnister was pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination held the next day gave cause of death as severe head and neck injuries.

Winnister, of Bexley, was remanded in custody ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing on 30 November.

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