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Somerset man tried to smother his wife with pillow

Peter Nunn, 63, of Wookey, Somerset
On the first day of his trial Nunn changed his plea to guilty

A prominent Rotarian from Somerset has been sent to prison for eight years after admitting trying to smother his ex-model wife with a pillow.

Peter Nunn, 63, of Wookey, admitted the attempted murder of his wife Margaret, 80, as she lay asleep at home last May.

Bristol Crown Court was told the couple were £45,000 in debt and on the verge of being evicted from their home.

Nunn, who had changed his plea to guilty, said he planned to kill her and then kill himself.

He told police: "For a few seconds I wanted to kill her - that's why I'm pleading guilty.

"I wanted to kill her and then kill myself. But when she woke up I fell down and wept."

The court heard Nunn phoned his GP after the attack and told him what he had done.

Speaking outside court Det Insp Jim Bigger said the couple had been married for 32 years but her life had been "totally devastated".

Nunn, who was also a noted chef, was said to have become depressed over money problems the couple were having.

Mrs Nunn is a former model who made history in 1955 when - as Meg Smith - she became the first person to star in a TV advert in Britain.

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