A WOMAN has described to a jury how she was strangled and beaten by her estranged husband during a violent nine-hour ordeal.

Philip Turner, 65, is accused of attempting to murder Mrs Patricia Turner, 67, and is alleged to have repeatedly hit her round the head with a rounders bat.

He also kept her in the garage of the home they had previously shared on Edgerton Green, Edgerton.

Giving evidence on the second day of the trial at Bradford Crown Court yesterday, slightly-built Mrs Turner described to the jury how she was completely helpless and at the mercy of her husband as he began his attack by throwing her out of a chair.

She told the court that she had done nothing to provoke him.

But then she was strangled as she lay on the floor before being dragged into the garage and hit with a rounders bat.

Mrs Turner lost five teeth in the attack and spent the next 15 days in hospital.

She told the jury: "The day after the attack I was in hospital and I could not talk.

"My voice and my throat was sore and then I suddenly recalled that he had been astride me putting pressure on my throat.

"His knees were either side of me.

"I shouted out: "Philip, please don't" and he continued the pressure on my neck and I passed out. I don't know for how long."

Under cross-examination Mrs Turner then rejected claims from Turner's barrister John Elvidge that she had been confused at the time she was in hospital.

She added that her estranged husband had made her about six cups of tea as she lay on the cold floor of the garage but said that the violence escalated every time she tried to escape.

The trial has heard how the couple had been married since 1967, but Mrs Turner had moved into her late mother's bungalow in 2002 when she had started divorce proceedings.

Richard Newbury, prosecuting, suggested to the jury that Turner had felt growing resentment about the divorce.

The jury was told that Turner had accused his wife of blackmailing him and claimed that she had perjured herself during their divorce hearings in court.

It had, Mrs Turner claimed become an "obsession".

The trial has heard that Turner had made entries in his diary which indicated a plot to murder his wife.

But he has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, false imprisonment and threats to kill.


trial continues.