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‘Controlling husband killed wife, then went to the pub’

‘Jealous’: Joanne and Ian Hamer PICTURE: MEN

A ‘CONTROLLING’ businessman strangled his wife with her dressing gown cord before going to the pub to drink and take cocaine, a court heard.

Ian Hamer is accused of murdering his wife of 27 years, Joanne, who was found partially clothed on a bed at their home in May last year.

The 54-year-old has admitted manslaughter but denies murder.

Prosecutor Jason Pitter QC told Hull crown court the marriage started to deteriorate at an early stage because of his behaviour. ‘He was controlling and manipulative. He was also very jealous and possessive,’ Mr Pitter told the jury.

He said Hamer would control what his wife wore, monitor her social media and accuse her of having affairs. Jurors also heard he was aggressive to her and ‘heavy-handed’ with their three children, and the police had been called to their home in Worlaby, North Lincolnshire.

The court heard Hamer had developed a problem with alcohol and had conducted at least one affair. In the weeks before her death, Mrs Hamer had either moved out or been thrown out of the house and was considering buying another home, jurors were told.

Hamer ‘wasn’t happy’, culminating in Mrs Hamer being ‘permitted’ to move back in, Mr Pitter said. On May 6, 2019, Hamer called his mother-in-law to say his wife would not be contacting her as she had a sore throat. She called police because she feared ‘something terrible may have happened’.

Mr Pitter said: ‘She was tragically correct. Joanne Hamer lay dead, with only some of her night clothes on and the cord of her dressing gown around her neck.’

He said Hamer went to a pub ‘without a care in the world’, where he played pool, joked with people in the bar, was seen taking cocaine and removed his wedding ring. He was arrested the next day.

The trial continues.