For 25 years Raymond Page and his partner enjoyed happy loving relationship with hardly a cross word between them.
But when in his 60s Raymond was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer, he changed, a court heard today (Thurs).
He suffered depression, was fearful about the future with the woman he loved and was in a constant pain.
Then one morning last July, neighbours heard his partner Natividad Nituan, known to all as Natalie, suddenly scream out from the couple’s one bedroomed maisonette in Orchard Close, Radlett.
St Albans crown court was told that Page had carried out a “frenzied” knife attack on the woman, who had devoted her life to caring for him.
Today (Thurs) 64 year old Page was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to a charge of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Judge Andrew Bright QC told Page: “It was clear to all who knew you that you loved each other very much, but in 2015 your lives were dramatically changed when you were diagnosed with prostate cancer.”
The judge said his partner had “dedicated” herself to making his life as comfortable as she could.
He went on: “You struggled to cope with the pain and weight-loss from which you were suffered and you began to develop symptoms of depression and anxiety. She continued to love and care for you, but confided in her sister that you wanted to kill yourself because you were tired of being in pain.”
The judge said Page’s temperament and demeanour had changed and he went on “In the weeks leading up to the killing you were feeling depressed and hopeless, your appetite and sleep were disturbed and you felt convinced that Natividad was going to leave you.”
The judge said on waking up on the morning of July 25 last year he had decided to kill her “because you believed quite wrongly that she was about to leave you and this made you angry.
“You then took a knife and embarked on what can only be described as a frenzied and sustained attack on your partner of 25 years.”
Prosecutor Peter Shaw told the jury Page and Filipino Natalie, who was 70 when she died, had been in a 25 year relationship, although they had never married.
“Family members say that the couple loved each other very much and they were very seldom seen or heard to argue.
“About two years ago Mr Page had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He refused chemotherapy and tried to cure himself with diet and exercise,” he said.