A husband has been found guilty of murder for strangling his Thai wife after she smashed up his collection of Star Wars toys.
Rickie La Touche, 30, claimed that Pornpilai Srisroy, 28, damaged the Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker memorabilia that he had built up since he was child. During a subsequent row, he suffocated his wife then ran off sobbing to his mother who lived in a nearby street.
A relative discovered Ms Pornpilai lying dead on the couple’s double bed covered by a duvet with a pillow over her face. La Touche later told police that his wife had smashed up his Star Wars collection as part of a campaign to make his life “hell”.
He claimed he was a henpecked husband who “flipped” after she threatened to leave him to go back to her native Thailand. La Touche — also known as Rickie Nehls — was found guilty of murder after a trial at Preston Crown Court and jailed for life, with a minimum of 12 years.