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Jackie Abbott murder: Dudley businessman admits killing wife in hammer attack

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A husband today admitted murdering his wife in a killing that left a community in shock.

Paul Abbott, 56, appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to the murder of Jacqueline Abbott, aged 54.

She died shortly after being being found with serious head injuries, believed to have been inflicted with a hammer, at her house in Lodge Crescent, Netherton, on December 11.

Mr Abbott was arrested at the scene after officers were called at around 4.25pm. The deadly argument is believed to have been sparked in a row over Elvis tribute band tickets.

Police tape outside the Lodge Crescent house

Since her death, tributes have flooded in for the grandmother, who lived with Mr Abbott and their two sons Martyn and Ryan.

The couple ran a fishing tackle shop called J & P Fishing Snooker Darts at the Enterprise Industrial Estate in Hurst Lane in Brierley Hill, with Mrs Abbott listed as company secretary, and Mr Abbott director.

Neighbours say the pair previously ran a snooker club in the borough.

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The couple were believed to have lived for 10 years at the property.

Abbott was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a later date.

Prosecutor Mr Robert Price said: "The basis of plea has still to be decided.

"That may or may not lead to the need for a hearing to decide on aspects of that basis with which the prosecution cannot agree."

Abbott was remanded into custody, with the date of the next hearing in April still to be fixed.

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