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‘Horse-Whisperer’, 70, Murdered Her Husband At Their £800,000 Home ‘in A Fit Of Temper’ After He Called Her Fat And Lazy: Couple Were Compared To Roald Dahl’s The Twits When She Put Viagra In His Tea, Chilli In His Pants And Wiped Her Bottom With His Ties

Christine Rawle murdered her husband Ian in Braunton, Devon in 2022 By Olivia Christie

Published: 12:22, 22 March 2024 | Updated: 12:41, 22 March 2024

A ‘horse whisperer’ has been convicted of murder after she knifed her husband to death at their £800,000 Devon home after he called her fat and lazy. 

Christine Rawle, 70, killed Ian Rawle, 72, by stabbing him in the back with a knife as he pushed a wheelbarrow of horse manure to a dung heap on August 21, 2022.

The couple had been compared to Roald Dahl’s The Twits when she put Viagra in his tea, chilli in his pants and wiped her bottom with his ties.

Exeter Crown Court heard Mr Rawle followed his wife of 29 years for a hundred yards telling her to remove the knife, before collapsing and dying from the wound.

Rawle denied murdering Ian and claimed she was a victim of his cruel behaviour.  

Christine Rawle (pictured), 70, has been found guilty of the murder of Ian Rawle, 72, at their home in Devon

Ian Rawle (pictured) died at their home in Devon after the alleged stabbing on August 21, 2022

Their youngest son Thomas Rawle, 38, told Exeter Crown Court about his parents, saying that Ian hit Christine with a riding crop, ‘splitting her face open’.

He added that Ian – whom he called ‘dad’, but was not his birth father – pushed Christine through a window at their home when he was ‘angry and salivating’.

But prosecutors claimed the case was ‘as clear a case of murder as you are likely to find’, and said Rawle attacked her husband in a ‘fit of temper’ during an argument about land at home in Braunton.

Rawle did not give evidence during the trial but her legal team insisted she was acting in self-defence following years of physical and psychological abuse from her husband.

Judge James Adkin will sentence Rawle, who remains in custody, at Exeter Crown Court at 2pm on Friday.