Marital difficulties? Head to England, and bring your wife.

Just havin' a word with the Missus so sod off, copper

Just havin’ a word with the Missus so sod off, copper

Bloomberg News reports that a London Morgan Stanley employee has received  a “life sentence” – really, just 16 years – for strangling his wife. The article mentioned a another banker who also strangled his wife, a Mr. Neil Ellerbeck, being sentenced to a mere eight years,  and I wondered about the discrepancy, so I looked him up, and my goodness – “eight years” means four!

Just four years after he killed his wife in a jealous rage, a millionaire banker is out of jail and back living with their two children at the family home where he strangled her.

Neil Ellerbeck, 49, has moved into the smart suburban house where he took his wife Kate’s life after she asked for a divorce.

Mr Ellerbeck, who earned £170,000 as HSBC’s global chief of investment, feared losing his two children, £650,000 home and £1.3million fortune in the break-up.

He lashed out after bugging her phone calls and reading her texts, discovering she had been having an affair with her son’s tennis coach [don’t they all?] as well as having ‘close friendships’ with a childhood sweetheart and a chef at the Ritz.

She received 43 separate injuries in the attack in November 2008, around 18 of which were on her face.

After his furious assault, Ellerbeck collected their ten-year-old daughter from a school entrance exam.

He later insisted his 46-year-old wife had been alive when he left her.

During his Old Bailey trial three years ago, it emerged he had been having an affair himself during the troubled 14-year marriage.

He was acquitted of murder but jailed for eight years for manslaughter after a jury accepted he did not intend to kill his wife.

Time spent in custody awaiting trial and his good behaviour means he served a total of four years behind bars.

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5 responses to “Marital difficulties? Head to England, and bring your wife.

  1. Just_looking

    I know I am a little out there on this, but the man has a point. That whole nonsense about the lifestyle I have grown accustom to makes divorce a poor choice for a man, if you have a choice. looks like this guy looked at probably outcomes and picked the winner.

    • Riverslide

      My reaction too. If the wife, the tennis coach and the court system had likely been willing to let him have a fair (50/50?) split with his wife, he might have chosen a different course.

  2. Once

    Financially he made the right decision. A Brit friend of mine told me in England after seven years of marriage she gets paid for life. He would have lost the 1.3 mil, the house and have been saddled with alimony til he died. Morally, it’s a different story.