(TELEGRAPH) — A former airline pilot murdered his wife by crashing their car into a tree after the passenger airbag had been turned off, a court has heard.
Iain Lawrence, 53, was consumed by “greed, anger and possibly jealousy” after his wife, Sally, the managing director of a cleaning company, left him and found another man, it was alleged.
A court heard that he adopted the brace position as he drove the Peugeot 406 off a sharp bend into a tree, ensuring that the front passenger side took the most impact.
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Mrs Lawrence, 47, had been “fearful he might do something to her” and had told friends she would not get into a car with him “unless forced or tricked”, the court was told.