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Name:

Robin Pask

AKA:

Wentworth Murder

D.O.B.

1961
Kill Total: 1

Kill date:

25 July 1992

Kill Place:

York

Status:

Married

Occupation:

Student.

Victim:

Lizzie Howe
D.O.B. 28 June 1958

 


 

Court:

Leeds Crown Court

Judge:

Mr Justice Swinton-Thomas

Prosecution:

Stephen Williamson

Defence:

 

 


 


 

 

 

FACTFILE

 

Dr Elizabeth (Lizzie) Howe was a world renowned academic and author.

 

Saturday 25th July 1992, The family, Dr Elizabeth Howe, her husband Jeremy Howe and the 2 children, Jessica 6, and Lucy 4, were packing and preparing for a holiday by the sea in Suffolk.

Lizzie would be joining the family in a few days as first she was teaching summer school for the Open University. That evening Jeremy was concerned that Lizzie had not called to say goodnight to the children. About midnight a policeman called at the holiday home with the terrible news.

 

Robin Pask broker into Dr Howe's room at Wentworth hall of residence on the York University campus. he slashed her throat then cut off her dress and slit her body from her collarbone to her groin.

The 28 inch wound he inflicted penetrated her left lung three times and split her heart.

Pask did not know Lizzie, it was as random selection on his part.

 

Monday 27th July 1992, Robin Pak, aged 31,  appeared before York Magistrates court charged with the murder of Dr. Elizabeth Howe, he was remanded in custody.

 

Friday 23rd July 1993, At his trial at Leeds Crown Court, Dr Marion Swan, a consultant forensic psychiatrist who examined Pask, told the court that for "a long time his thoughts had dwelled on suicide and he had lost the will to live". She added that he would not be able to give evidence in his defence because of his mental illness.

 

The proceedings were adjourned and cannot be continued, and will not until Pask is fit to be tried or viewed unfit ever to be tried.

The Judge ordered that Pask  be detained in a secure hospital until he is fit to face a further trial for the murder of Dr Elizabeth Howe.

 

Pask was married with three children.

 

Jeremy Howe has written  book about the horrific times and how he explained to the children.  click here >> Mummydaddy  

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