Ex-Goodmayes man charged with wife’s murder after shooting at Essex care home

Rita King who was declared dead at De La Mer House in Naze Park Road, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, aft

Rita King who was declared dead at De La Mer House in Naze Park Road, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, after being shot. Photo: PA/De La Mer House - Credit: PA PICTURE DESK

An 86-year-old man, who lived with his wife in Goodmayes for more than 20 years, has been charged with her murder after she was shot in an Essex care home.

A forensics officer enters De La Mer House in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, where Rita King was shot de

A forensics officer enters De La Mer House in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, where Rita King was shot dead. She lived with her husband Ronald - who has been charged with her murder - in Goodmayes for more than 20 years. Photo: Stefan Rousseau - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Ronald King was last night charged with killing Rita King, 81, at the Delamer House care home in Naze Park Road, Walton-on-the-Naze, on Monday morning.

Mrs King was declared dead at the scene, with a provisional post mortem finding she died of gunshot wounds to the head.

Mr King, of Cedar Close, Walton-on-the-Naze, is due to appear in Chelmsford Magistrates Court today.

The couple lived in Kilmartin Road, Goodmayes for more than 20 years, and were active members of Goodmayes Bowls Club, based in Goodmayes Park.

Kilmartin Road, Goodmayes, where the Kings used to live. Ronald King, 86, is charged with murdering

Kilmartin Road, Goodmayes, where the Kings used to live. Ronald King, 86, is charged with murdering Rita King, 81, at a care home in Essex. Photo: Google - Credit: Google


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One former neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said she was “shocked”.

“They were a quiet couple, we would say hello to them, they would do bowling in the park, that was what they did together.”

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She said Mr King had previously been in the army, and remembered him only having one arm – which another resident also recalled.

The neighbour continued: “He was very proud of his cars, he would change it every two or three years.

Rita King's body is removed from De La Mer House in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. Photo: Stefan Roussea

Rita King's body is removed from De La Mer House in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

“Every car he had he would look after.”

She added she thought the Kings had moved away from Goodmayes about five years ago, after living in the area for more than 20 years.

“They lived here before we moved in 27 years ago, her [Mrs King’s] mum used to live in that house before her.”

Did you know Rita King? Call our newsdesk on 0208 477 3821 or email ralph.blackburn@archant.co.uk.

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