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Wife guilty of murder in drunken sex-game

PUBLISHED June 9, 2006

A WIFE who shot dead her husband while claiming that she was dancing with a shotgun during a sex game was found guilty of murder yesterday.

Linda West, 49, collapsed in the dock and her family shouted obscenities at the jury as the verdict was given at Winchester Crown Court. West had said that she was drunkenly dancing to the Shania Twain song, Man! I Feel Like A Woman, when she slammed the weapon on to the floor and shot her husband Gregory West, 45, in the chest, killing him instantly. 
The prosecution said that the couple, who had been married for nine weeks, had argued and West had loaded the shotgun and deliberately murdered her husband, a marine engineer, at their flat in Southampton in May last year. Michael Vere-Hodge QC, for the prosecution, said that several neighbours heard the argument. They said that they heard West say she had a gun. She was also heard to say: ?I didn?t mean to pull the trigger,? the court was told.

Mr Vere-Hodge said that Mr West had several facial injuries consistent with him being attacked. West admitted that they were drunk and claimed Mr West decided she should dance to the track with the shotgun as it was one of his favourites.

The jury was told that West made no mention of the dance to police, and it would have been difficult to have shot her husband in the way West had explained in court. West will be sentenced later.