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Cambridgeshire husband detained indefinitely after trying to kill wife with lump hammer

By Adrian Curtis

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Paul Bond

Paul Bond detained under Mental Health Act

A husband who tried to kill his wife with a lump hammer while she slept has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

Paul Bond, 62, was found guilty of attempted murder on Monday, January 9 following a trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

The jury heard that he attacked Anglian Ruskin University lecturer Dr Marian Bond at their home in Willingham Road, Over, on July 11 last year. The assault left her with a severely fractured skull and jaw.

Dr Bond was taken to Addenbrooke’s where she was placed in an induced coma and part of her skull was removed to save her life. She has made a partial recovery.

Yesterday (Tuesday), at the same court, Bond was detained under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983. The judge also imposed a restriction which means Bond will not be released until a tribunal has decided it is safe.

Judge David Farrell QC said Bond had undoubtedly intended to kill his wife and had struck her with the hammer at least three times.

He added it was miraculous she had survived and that was thanks to the actions of hospital staff.

Prior to the attack, Dr Bond lectured on ARU’s animal and environmental biology courses. Before joining Anglia Ruskin she worked for 20 years as a physiotherapist.


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