Man, 75, accused of attempting to murder wife, 56

Police were called to a property in Broad Street, Old Portsmouth
Police were called to a property in Broad Street, Old Portsmouth
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A 75-YEAR-OLD man has been remanded in custody accused of attempting to murder his wife.

Derek Miller was charged after wife Galina, 56, was stabbed at the couple’s home in Broad Street, Old Portsmouth.

Police were called out to the property shortly before 9am.

Mrs Miller was taken to hospital following the incident, but police have said her injuries are not life-threatening.

Her husband was arrested and later charged.

At Portsmouth Crown Court yesterday, a short hearing before Judge Ian Pearson was held in Miller’s absence.

Miller was remanded in custody and is due to appear at the court for a plea and case management hearing at a later date.

Amy Meacock, 21, who lives several doors down from the property, said: ‘We saw the police. It was cordoned off.

She added: ‘Part of the reason we moved here is because it’s a nice area.’

Malcolm Duff, 55, who lives nearby in Broad Street, said: ‘I saw a police van and about three police cars. I went down and spoke to one of the police officers at about 11am.

‘They didn’t tell me anything but they said there was no cause for concern, even though there were officers walking up and down the street.

‘They had these blue plastic booties on.

‘They had cordoned off the area from the next house up from me.’

Mary Brokenshaw, who lives nearby, said: ‘I heard the noise of the police cars coming down the road.

‘There was an ambulance parked up there and cars.

‘I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t know if someone had been hurt in the boat yard.

‘People say that sort of thing doesn’t happen down here, but it doesn’t alter the fact that it can do. It’s not nice for it to happen.’

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: ‘I didn’t hear anything, I didn’t see anything. I got back and the police were here.

‘It’s a bit of a surprise.’

A spokeswoman for Hampshire police said: ‘We were called on November 26 just before 9am to an address in Broad Street in Old Portsmouth.

‘Derek Norman Miller, aged 75, was arrested and charged with attempted murder.

‘The victim was a 56-year-old woman from Broad Street.

‘She had a wound which was consistent with a stab wound.’