The man killed his wife, then put the crucifix in her hands and went to Costa for a cup of tea

A man strangled his wife to death before placing a crucifix in her lifeless hands and visiting Costa Coffee for a cup of tea.

Stuart Robertson went on trial at Liverpool Crown Court today, Tuesday, charged with murdering his partner Dawn. She was found dead at the age of 62 at the couple’s home on Cannon Street in St Helens on November 15 last year after her husband walked into a police station and told officers he had killed her.

Peter Glenser KC told a jury of four men and eight women during the opening of the prosecution this afternoon that the 69-year-old defendant was seen on CCTV withdrawing £500 in cash from a shop Morrisons Daily near their home at around 12.20pm. the day in question. Robertson, who was wearing a light gray check jumper and had a shaved head, was then caught on camera again shortly after 2.45pm as he boarded an Arriva bus in St Helens town centre.

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Wearing a change of clothes, the dark clothes he had seen earlier now being replaced by a fluorescent jacket and bucket hat, he disembarked from work at 3.20pm near Church Square shopping centre, then “paused for a cuppa of tea” at a Costa Coffee branch. Shortly before 3.45pm, he walked into St Helens police station and confessed to ‘breaking’ and strangling his wife to death after she was abused and shouted at him.

Mr Glenser said: “On November 15 last year, the defendant, Stuart Robertson, strangled his wife. Having done this, he placed her head on a pillow, folded her arms, and placed a crucifix in her hands.

“Pausing only for a cup of tea at Costa, he headed to St Helens police station and entered the inquiry office. He asked to speak to someone in private and was taken to a private room.