Paula Leeson passed away while she and her husband were vacationing in Denmark.
Donald McPherson and his wife Paula Leeson's vacation to Denmark did not end well. Leeson lost her life and her husband was accused of murdering her.
According to Mirror Online, the 47-year-old woman drowned to death in a swimming pool at the cottage she was vacationing at with her husband McPherson. However, her death on 6 June 2017 is suspected to be orchestrated by her husband for his personal gains.
On the day of the incident, the couple was supposed to fly back to Manchester but around 1.46 pm, McPherson called the emergency services. When the paramedics arrived at the scene, they saw the man performing CPR on his wife, who was lying at the edge of the pool. Despite the efforts of the paramedics, the woman was proclaimed dead at 2.26 pm.
On being questioned by the police, the man claimed that he had not seen his wife for 20 minutes before finding her in the pool. He stated that he immediately jumped into the pool to save her. However, he claimed that it took him more time to rescue her as his shoulder was injured. He also told the police that his wife had been suffering from stomach aches ad toothache before the unfortunate incident occurred. At the time, Danish authorities assumed that the death to be accidental.
However, the post mortem examinations revealed that the woman suffered from various other injuries such as abrasions and bruises on her forehead, arms, and legs. Consequently, McPherson was arrested by Greater Manchester Police in April 2018. When the officers questioned him about how he found his wife in the pool, he said, "I woke up, she wasn’t next to me and I looked around the house. I called out and I ended up going to the back toilet and I saw the door, I froze, I was in shock and horror." He added, "I was just in fear and panic, complete panic, just complete panic, and I can’t remember fully. I remember getting into the pool to try and get her out and there was, yeah it was horrendous."
Additionally, some of McPherson's actions also led the police to believe he was guilty. The day after Leeson's death, the man transferred money from their joint account into his personal account. Prosecutors also pointed out that the death took place after the couple bought joint life insurance policies worth about $ 4.1 million (£3 million).
Prosecutor David McLachlan QC stated, "She had a price on her head, and that price could only be paid out if she were dead." The prosecutor also claimed that a Danish paramedic described McPherson's efforts to resuscitate his wife as "very bad."
"He thought that Donald McPherson's resuscitation attempts to supposedly save his wife's life were very bad, as there was still so much water inside her lungs," said McLachlan.
The prosecutors also noted that McPherson joined a support group for widows just days after Leeson's death. "His wife had been dead eight days, her body had still yet to be repatriated and laid to rest, and he was joining Widowed and Young (WAY)," said the prosecutor. He added that McPherson described the group as a "Tinder for widows."
"The prosecution case is that her death was far from accidental," said McLachlan. The trial is expected to last for six weeks.