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Agnes Raffan (58) was fatally stabbed in her home on 16 September 2007, by her husband, Peter Raffan (49). Raffan had been worried about repossession of the house, and blamed his wife for mis-managing the family finances. He plead guilty of culpable homicide on the basis of diminished responsibility and was sentenced to eight years.
The BBC (13 Mar 2008 )
Wife killer to serve eight years
A man who killed his wife because he feared their home was to be repossessed has been jailed for eight years at the High Court in Glasgow.
Peter Raffan, 49, from Arbroath, plunged a knife into Agnes Raffan’s heart and later told police that he had planned on “doing himself in” as well.
Before she died, Mrs Raffan, 58, had phoned police for help.
They heard her say: “Peter No. No knife” before hearing him ordering her to end the call.
Mrs Raffan was told police were on their way to her home in the town’s Glenisla Drive on 16 September last year.
When they arrived just two minutes after the call, they found her dying on the floor.
Raffan was also found to have suffered a stab wound.
He later told police that he and his wife had been married for 21 years and had a good relationship until he discovered she had not been paying bills and that the house was up for repossession.
The killer said he went to get a knife to scare her and “that she seemed not to bother about the fact that they were going to lose their house”.
Raffan was originally charged with murdering his wife by repeatedly stabbing her on the body.
During an earlier hearing at the High Court in Edinburgh, the Crown accepted his guilty plea to a reduced charge of culpable homicide on the basis of diminished responsibility.
Iain McSporran, prosecuting, told the court then: “Work colleagues of the accused said that in the weeks prior to this incident he had appeared depressed and anxious about the prospect of being evicted from his house due to debt.
“He appeared to blame his wife for mismanaging the household finances and for her excessive drinking and expressed a view that perhaps the best thing he could do was set fire to the house while he was in it.”
During the sentencing hearing, the court was told psychiatrists had concluded that Raffan was suffering from “a substantial abnormality of mind” which resulted in his responsibility being diminished.
Lord Mackay of Drumadoon, ordered him to be monitored for five years after his release on licence.
He said when Raffan was eventually released he would also need a great deal of support and assistance to get him back into the community.