But Harriet Harman, the Labour MP, hit out at the comments, describing them as “fatuous”.
She said: “Saying Williams’ actions are wholly explained by his illness shows the courts are simply still too ready to accept excuses.
“Domestic abuse doesn’t have to be continuous, although it usually is. It can be a one-off homicide.
“To say it’s not domestic abuse, when a man kills his wife, is fatuous. This is the ultimate, most extreme form of domestic abuse.”
The domestic abuse law is – as it must be – gender blind. Your statement is therefore that any wife who kills her husband must be engaging in domestic abuse. You know, like some bird plotting to smash his ‘ead in wiv’ an ‘ammer?
But Lord Justice Bean, sitting with Mrs Justice Farbey and Judge Paul Sloan QC, sparked anger when he refused to increase the sentence, claiming the case could not be classified as domestic abuse and insisting the homicide could be “wholly explained by his illness”.
Sometimes homicide really is just manslaughter through diminished responsibility……