A CRYING nurse faces a lifetime in jail for stabbing her husband to death as he slept beside her.
Rebecca Searing, 52, was today convicted of murdering her husband Paul, 57,after writing " it's time to kill"on her computer.
The killer nurse stabbed ther victim in his stomach at the couple's home in Harlow, Essex, in February.
Panicking, she then called 999 for help, reporting her actions.
Emergency services rushed to the scene, but Mr Searing could not be saved and died of his injuries.
When police arrived, they found Searing sitting next to a computer downstairs while paramedics attended her husband in the bedroom.
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She told the officers “I can’t believe I’ve just done this” and “I will go down for this”.
A bloodstained knife was also found in the house.
The court even heard how Searing's computer contained documents seemingly related to murder.
One piece of evidence on there featured the haunting words, "make your mind up if it's time to kill".
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The couple had suffered through an unhealthy, toxic marriage together, it emerged during the trial.
Both Searing and her husband drank heavily and both allegedly abused each other.
The woman claimed that recently she had been suffering from her husband's alleged domestic abuse every month, after Covid lockdowns made it worse.
Judge Christopher Morgan summed up the case at Chelmsford Crown Court today calling their relationship "unhappy".
After nearly two weeks of trial and three days of deliberation, the killer nurse was then convicted of murder.
Searing, dressed in a maroon long-sleeve T-shirt, showed no emotion as the verdict was delivered.
She had previously admitted manslaughter – acknowledging that she'd killed Paul – but denied murder, claiming that she had lost control at the time.
Searing had told the court: "The last thing I recall is Paul saying I'm hopeless and useless.
"I don't recall calling 999, I don't recall stabbing him and I don't recall any argument or me feeling scared."
However, a paramedic reported hearing Searing say "I just took my chance".
Concluding the trial, Judge Christopher Morgan said to her: "The jury have convicted you of the offence of murder.
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"You know that there is only one sentence that I can pass in those circumstances.
"The consideration for the court is the minimum term before you're considered for release. The sentencing will be on September 7."
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
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