On bail inspector found dead at Broomhills

PUBLISHED: 12:13 14 January 2008 | UPDATED: 12:45 06 May 2010

The cordon around the house in Gustard Wood

The cordon around the house in Gustard Wood

A POLICE inspector facing trial charged with murdering his wife is believed to have killed his mother-in-law and himself after being granted bail by a Crown Court judge in September. Garry Weddell, who was due to stand trial in May, was found dead at Broo

Police investigate the scene

A POLICE inspector facing trial charged with murdering his wife is believed to have killed his mother-in-law and himself after being granted bail by a Crown Court judge in September.

Garry Weddell, who was due to stand trial in May, was found dead at Broomhills Shooting Club in the countryside near Markyate on Saturday morning.

His mother-in-law Mrs Traute Maxfield, who had been due to give evidence against him, was found dead at her £1-million home in Gustard Wood, near Wheathampstead. She is thought to have been shot dead with the same weapon Mr Weddell used to kill himself.

Weddell, aged 47, an inspector with the Metropolitan Police, had been accused of strangling his wife Sandra, at their home in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, last January.

Broomhills Shooting Club near where Gary Weddell's body was found

He was initially remanded in custody but in September a judge granted him bail after his brother, a barrister, agreed to stand £200,000 surety.

Detectives believe Weddell drove to his mother-in-law's house on Friday evening or Saturday morning. After killing her it appears he went to the Broomhills Shooting Club where he walked up a lane and shot himself.

A spokesman for Herts Police confirmed they were not looking for anyone else for the killings.

Weddells's wife Sandra, a nurse and school exam invigilator, was found dead at their Dunstable home in January 31 last year. They had been married for 21 years with three children. At the time Mrs Weddell, aged 44, is thought to have wanted a divorce after meeting someone else.

Her body was discovered with a cable tie around her neck in the garage. At first police believed she had committed suicide but suspicions grew over a suicide note which they believed was a forgery and on June 26 Weddell was arrested and charged with murder.

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