Robert Rhodes was cleared of murder after slitting his wife Dawn's throat
Robert Rhodes raised his head and sighed with relief as a jury found him not guilty after 36 hours deliberation.
The carpenter insisted he acted in self-defence after his 6ft, 14-stone wife Dawn “flipped” like the green Marvel Comics character The Hulk and attacked him with a knife in their dining room.
Mr Rhodes insisted he acted in self-defence after his 6ft, 14-stone wife Dawn “flipped” like Hulk
Mr Rhodes, 43, told police: “One minute she was fine and the next she was like the Incredible Hulk.
“She just went. I have never seen her like that.
“It takes a lot to scare me but I knew that blade was there.”
After 21-years of marriage, Mr Rhodes discovered his 38-year-old wife was having an affair with a married man on Christmas Eve 2015.
Messages by his wife’s lover on her mobile phone left him in no doubt.
Desperate to save the relationship, he moved into the spare bedroom but his wife went to stay with her mother.
He later told his rival’s wife on Facebook : “Dawn is leaving me for him. I thought you should know. I have tried to fix this but they won’t do it.”
Mr Rhodes also revealed he had contemplated suicide and researched who to slit his wrists.
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Robert and Dawn argued after he discovered his wife of 21 years was having an affair
One minute she was fine and the next she was like the Incredible Hulk.
The final row came in June last year at their home in Earlswood, Surrey, the Old Bailey heard.
Mr Rhodes told police his wife had a “short fuse” and hit him twice on the back of the head with a knife during the row.
He said: “I was scared – she was really angry. She just flipped.
“She was getting more and more angry. Eventually, she was almost growling.”
Grabbing a knife he lashed out in self defence while she was standing in front of him, cutting her throat in a single blow.
He dialled 999 and told the operator his wife had attacked him with a knife.
Minutes later, police found Mrs Rhodes in a pool of blood.
Her carotid artery and jugular vein had been severed and the windpipe cut, the jury heard.
Jurors at The Old Bailey court deliberated Robert's verdict for over 36 hours spread over eight days
The prosecution claimed the fatal blow was delivered not from the front but from behind as a “coup de grace.”
Her husband always insisted he acted in self defence.
Mr Rhodes was cleared of murder after jurors had deliberated for 36 hours and 21 minutes spread over eight days.
Judge Richard Marks, QC, Common Serjeant of London, told the jury: “I am sure you would join with me in saying that irrespective of the verdict, this has been a great tragedy for all. (correct)
“There are no winners. There are only losers.”
Relatives of his wife looked stunned as Mr Rhodes was told he could leave the dock.