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A coroner has criticized the inaction of Jehovah’s Witnesses in failing to stop a frenzied attack by a pious devotee on his wife. Ronald Mowbray, 82, of Studley, Warwickshire, stabbed his wife Ann a total of 49 times while she was sleeping in bed.
Mowbray, a devout Jehovah’s Witness, was arrested at the couple’s village home after the attack last February.
However, to the surprise of County Coroner Sean McGovern, it was revealed that the retiree had previously informed a high-ranking member of the Church about his assassination plot.
And McGovern warned that similar deaths could occur in the future if lessons were not learned from this incident.
An investigation into the death of his wife found that Mowbray told an elder of the Jehovah’s Witness church about his plan to murder Ann, but no action was taken.
He was arrested after stabbing his wife nearly 50 times while he slept in the couple’s bed on February 17, 2020.
Mr. Mowbray was due to stand trial for the murder of his wife, but he died last April when his health deteriorated at HMP Hewell.
Last year, Mr. Mowbray’s attorney, Rebecca Wade, stated that his mental health had “rapidly deteriorated” and that he spent much of his time in the hospital wing of the prison.
Warwickshire Coroner Sean McGovern said Ms. Mowbray was illegally murdered.
In her ruling, he said: “Mrs. Mowbray was illegally murdered, stabbed 49 times while she slept in her own home.
She was 80 years old and vulnerable to physical disabilities. She was a devout Jehovah’s Witness, as was the perpetrator.
“The perpetrator made at least one comment about an elderly Jehovah’s Witness who indicated that he suggested killing Ms. Mowbray by stabbing her.”
The investigation found that the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses “does not have a policy to protect vulnerable adults.”
McGovern said there is a risk of future deaths if action is not taken.
He said that despite concerns about the church, of which both Mr. and Mrs. Mowbray were members, “it is not clear whether they are proposing such a policy.”