BT executive, 68, admits killing his wife, 66, at their £1.6m home

High-flying BT executive, 68, admits killing his wife, 66, at their £1.6m home ‘after breakdown brought on by Covid lockdown’

  • Leslie Winnister pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility 
  • He killed his wife Suzanne Winnister at their home in Bexley on September 8  
  • Winnister is being treated at the Bracton centre medium secure unit in Dartford 

A BT executive has admitted killing his wife at their £1.6million London home after an alleged breakdown brought on by lockdown.   

Leslie Winnister, 68, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter by diminished responsibility of 66-year-old Suzanne Winnister in Bexley on the evening of September 8 last year.

The victim was discovered by family members at the couple’s home in Becketts Close and was pronounced dead at the scene after police and paramedics arrived.

Winnister, who served as BT’s treasurer for 15 years and was registered as a director of the telecom giant’s property and investment arms, was later found in a nearby pub. 

A post mortem gave Mrs Winnister’s cause of death as head and neck injury.

Leslie Winnister (pictured with his wife), 68, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter by diminished responsibility of 66-year-old Suzanne Winnister in Bexley on the evening of September 8 last year

The victim had previously had a career in banking but was retired by the time of her death.

At a plea hearing on Thursday, the defendant entered a guilty plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at the Old Bailey.

Psychiatric reports for both the prosecution and the defence concluded that a defence of diminished responsibility was available, the court heard.

Winnister, who is being treated at the Bracton centre medium secure unit in Dartford, was accompanied in the dock by two nurses.

The victim was discovered by family members at the couple’s home in Becketts Close and was pronounced dead at the scene after police and paramedics arrived. 

Judge Wendy Joseph QC remarked it was ‘a sad case’.

Listing the case for sentence on June 25, Judge Joseph warned Winnister that a wide range of options were available to the court, from prison to a psychiatric hospital.

Several members of the Winnisters’ family were seated in court, as well as some friends. 

Neighbours of the Winnisters’ £800,000 former home nearby in Bexley, which the couple still own, said Mr Winnister had been under a lot of stress at work.

Pictured: Police outside the couple’s home in Bexley, south east London, last year

Retired sports marketing chief Perry Smith said: ‘Les was a really nice guy and would work long hours. The job caused him a lot of stress. When he’d come home, you’d see he was drained.

‘Les and Sue were just a very nice, respectful and friendly couple. She was short but had quite a dominant personality – the tough one out of them. She was the boss. It’s so tragic what’s happened – it’s such a shock. 

‘I last saw Les around a month ago. I asked him how he was and he said, ‘I’m very well, thanks’.’

Locals said Mrs Winnister, who retired some years ago from City-based bank Standard Chartered, was ‘always looking out for others’.

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