source - SUSSEX POLICE
Attempted Murder of Horsham Woman
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
POLICE report - Ref: PR44789 / 2014
Man arrested fleeing country after attack on Horsham woman
A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman was attacked at her home near Horsham.
The 61-year-old woman was attacked by a man with a weapon in Emms Lane at around 4.30pm. She was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where she underwent surgery for serious, but not life-threatening injuries to her head and face.
Detective Sergeant Sian Harding said: "We do not believe this was a random attack and we are currently trying to establish the circumstances. We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a blue van, displaying a French registration plate, in the area on Tuesday afternoon or who may have information that could assist our investigation."
A French-registered van was located near a ferry terminal in Portsmouth later on Tuesday evening and the male occupant was arrested by Hampshire Police.
The arrested man, a 54-year-old, remained in custody on Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday, 26 February
POLICE report - Ref: PR44817 / 2014
Incident: Second man arrested in connection with attack on Horsham woman
Another man has been arrested in connection with the attack on a woman at her home near Horsham.
The 61-year-old woman was attacked by a man with a weapon in Emms Lane at around 4.30pm on Tuesday, 18 February. She was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton suffering life-threatening injuries to her head and face. She is now out of hospital and recovering well. A 54-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is being treated at hospital but remains under arrest. A 63-year-old man from Horsham has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and has bailed until 20 March.
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
SUSSEX POLICE report - Ref: PR44885 / 2014
Two men charged with Horsham attack
Two men have been charged in connection with an attack on a woman in Emms Lane, Brooks Green, Horsham on February 18.
Karl Cruise, 54, a British national living in Brittany region of France, has been charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to murder. Bruce Killick, 63, self employed of Emms Lane, Horsham has been charged with conspiracy to murder.
Both have been remanded into custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 17 March.
A 61-year-old woman from Barnham has been arrested for conspiracy to murder and bailed until 6 April while investigations continue.
13 November 2014
Karl Cruise - Bruce Killick - Van used by Cruise
Three sent to prison for 90 years for conspiring to murder
Police Press Release
13 November 2014
ref- PR47273 /2014
Three men have each been jailed for 30 years having been found guilty of conspiring to kill a woman in Horsham in February.
Bruce Killick, 63, Graham Martin, 39, and Karl Cruise, 55, have been found guilty after a five week trial at Hove Crown Court for planning to kill Bruce's wife, Susan, on February 18 at their home in Brooks Green, near Horsham.
They were sentenced the same day, Killick and Martin for 30 years with a minimum of 20 and Cruise for 30 with a minimum of 15. Cruise was also sentenced for 11 years for GBH with intent to run concurrently.
The three men, Killick, who runs a horse and alpaca transport company, from Emms Lane, Brooks Green, Martin, an alpaca farmer, and Cruise, a casual labourer, both British nationals living in Plouray in the Brittany region of France, were arrested in the days and weeks after Susan was horrifically attacked.
However, as the investigation progressed detectives found evidence to suggest Killick, who was having an affair with his groom, Angie Teear, had hired Cruise, through his work associate, Martin, to kill his wife.
On the afternoon of February 18, Susan had been home alone in Emms Lane when she had answered the door to Cruise, who claimed his car had broken down. He asked to use her phone to contact a garage but followed her into her kitchen where he then began his attack. He first hit her with a hammer and then punched her, knocking her to the ground and smashed her head repeatedly on the floor. He then attacked her with a plant pot, screwdriver and tried to use a stun gun on her. The then 61-year-old victim still managed to fight him off and stopped him from hitting her over the head with a heavy step stool. Cruise then dragged her across the kitchen before trying to stab her, first with a blunt bread knife and then with a paring knife. It was only when Cruise became very short of breath, having suffered a medical episode that she was able to get away from him, alerting her next door neighbours.
Her quick thinking neighbour was able to take down part of Cruise's French number plate and he was arrested in Portsmouth that evening. Cruise pleaded guilty to GBH with intent.
Killick had made arrangements to ensure he was not at the address when the attacked occurred and to provide him with a legitimate alibi. The jury heard how he had sent texts to Martin asking how much to get rid of someone but always maintained the £10,000 transferred to Martin just days before the attack was for an alpaca for his and Susan's 30th wedding anniversary.
The jury took just two days to find all three men guilty.
On sentenecing them Judge Micahel Lawson said- "This was a horrific offence born out of greed and lust. The victim thought this was a marriage of joy and this has been violated and destroyed for financial gain."
Detective Inspector David Springett said- "This was a planned and incredibly brutal attack against Mrs Killick, orchestrated by her husband and carried out by his criminal associates. I am sure that if it was not for her sustained self defence then Mrs Killick would not have survived this assault. Thankfully she has largely recovered physically but I have no doubt her emotional trauma will be long felt. This offence has been motivated by greed and Mr Killick's desire to start a new life with his mistress. The fact he has been married to Mrs Killick for over 30 years and sought to explain the payment of funds for the murder as an anniversary present for her are chilling."
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