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‘Horse whisperer’ found guilty of murdering her husband by stabbing him in the back in ‘fit of rage’

A horse expert has been convicted of murdering her husband at their Devon home.

Christine Rawle, 69, killed Ian Rawle, 72, by stabbing him in the back with a knife at their property in Braunton on August 21, 2022.

PAIan Rawle, pictured, was stabbed in the back by his wife Christine[/caption]

Exeter Crown Court heard Mr Rawle then followed his wife of 29 years for a hundred yards telling her to remove the knife, before collapsing and dying from the wound.

Prosecutors claimed the case was “as clear a case of murder as you are likely to find”, and said Rawle attacked her husband in a “fit of temper” during an argument about land at their £800,000 home.

The court heard Rawle and her husband had a dysfunctional marriage and likened them to the Roald Dahl characters The Twits.

Rawle did not give evidence during the trial but her legal team insisted she was acting in self-defence following years of physical and psychological abuse from her husband.

Judge James Adkin will sentence Rawle, who remains in custody, at Exeter Crown Court at 2pm on Friday.



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