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Killer's widow pension bid fails
A woman who killed her retired police officer husband has had her legal battle for a widow's pension dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

Carol Glover stabbed husband Michael in the heart with a kitchen knife at their Stoke-on-Trent home on Boxing Day 1998.

Glover, then 48, who admitted manslaughter, was jailed for two years at Birmingham Crown Court in May 1999.

She was told she would not be granted a widow's pension, but had challenged the decision in the High Court.

Previous appeal

Staffordshire Police Authority's reason was based on the common law rule of forfeiture.

That means someone who has unlawfully killed another cannot acquire a consequential benefit.

She has previously lost a crown court appeal against the decision but took her case further.

In July, a High Court judge was urged to send the matter back to the authority to provide an opportunity for the merits of her case to be considered.

After hearing legal arguments, Mr Justice McCombe reserved his judgment, but on Thursday he dismissed the appeal.

'Transformed' character

Glover argued the forfeiture rule did not apply to her case as it was not laid down in police pension law and so she was exempt.

The court ruled the general principle of forfeiture applied despite there being no specific statute.

At the Birmingham Crown Court hearing into the manslaughter Mr Justice Owen accepted Glover was a "decent, hard-working woman".

The court heard how Mr Glover, 52, "transformed" after retiring, becoming a Jekyll-and-Hyde character obsessed with kinky sex and was violent when drunk.


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