A woman taunted her husband for not being able to get an erection before he strangled her to death, a court heard.
Keith Bettison, 73, allegedly murdered 48-year-old Ildiko Bettison after tormenting her with a ‘squeaky voice’ like Mr Punch at their home in Chessington, Surrey.
The couple were ‘big drinkers’ and their relationship had been deteriorating after Bettison lost his job, the Old Bailey heard.
Bettison was sacked for gross misconduct for crashing a bus while reversing six months before the killing.
The couple would drink at least a bottle of spirits and Mrs Bettison often drank a large gin and tonic before getting out of bed.
Their daughter Zsuzsika Bettison, 25, told the court the family had gone to several counselling sessions relating to her mother’s alcoholism in the months leading up to her death.
Keith Bettison, 73, allegedly murdered 48-year-old Ildiko Bettison after tormenting her with a ‘squeaky voice’ like Mr Punch at their home in Chessington, Surrey, the Old Bailey has heard
The Old Bailey heard Bettison and his wife were heavy drinkers and often had loud rows
The couple stopped drinking after her mother was diagnosed with significant liver damage – but started again a month later.
Graduate Zsuzsika said of her father: ‘He would make noises and stuff.
‘He would say what she said, but sort of do it back in a voice, like a childish voice, because he was annoyed.
‘It was just to annoy her, because he was annoyed she would not stop getting at him.
‘He would call her names, like lazy and b****.
‘It would just be that sort of voice, he would call her fat and stuff.’
Zsuzsika filmed two videos of her parents drunkenly arguing in the weeks before the killing showing her mother shout at her father as he laughs and hurls insults back at her.
In the video, Ildiko can be seen shouting: ‘F*** you, don’t f****** call me f****** names, I don’t give a f****** s***.
‘Can’t do nothing in bed, you can’t even go hard enough.’
Zsuzsika said: ‘I wanted to show my mum what she was like when she was drinking, and I thought might help.
‘It was typical, but that was bad.
‘She would always say “You defend Dad over me.”’
Zsuzsika told the court her father called him after the alleged murder.
She continued: ‘I answered the phone, and he was crying,
‘He was crying and said: “I killed her, I f****** killed her.”
‘He repeated: “I killed her, I f****** killed her. I could not f****** take it anymore.”
‘He repeated he strangled her.
‘I think he was still in the car.
‘He said he’d reached …….