Former Royal Marine Charged With Murder Of Wife - Stephen Searle
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Former Royal Marine Commando Charged With Murder Of Wife

The accused is a former Royal Marines Commando who had sold poppies for the British Legion.

Former Royal Marine Charged With Murder Of Wife - Stephen Searle

A former Royal Marine commando and UKIP county councillor has appeared in court charged with the murder of his wife..

Stephen Searle, 64, is accused of killing 62-year-old Anne Searle at their home in Stowmarket, Suffolk, on Saturday night.

Mr Searle had sold poppies for the British Legion.

Emergency services were called at around 10.20pm, but the mother-of-three was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after they arrived.

Mrs Searle suffered a cardiac arrest.

A post-mortem was carried out on Sunday but further tests are required to determine the cause of death.

Anne Searle
Anne Searle died at her Suffolk home on Saturday.

A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said today: "The victim has been formally identified as Anne Searle, aged 62, of The Brickfields, Stowmarket.

"64-year-old Stephen Searle, of the same address, was charged with murder in the early hours of Tuesday 2 January.

"The accused and victim were husband and wife."

Mr Searle appeared at Ipswich Magistrates' Court by video link from Bury St Edmunds police station.

He spoke only to confirm his personal details during the brief hearing and was remanded in custody to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday.

No plea was taken.

Mr Searle was elected as a UKIP MP for Suffolk County Council in 2013 but lost his seat earlier this year.