Terminally-ill man whose wife and best friend tried to kill him on multiple occasions says he "still loves" her
53-year-old Ray Weatherall told the court that he still loved his wife and hoped she would come back home and live with him after serving her sentence
A terminally ill, cancer-stricken man whose wife plotted with his best friend and daughter to kill him on numerous occasions said he still loved her despite the murder attempts. Culprits Hayley Weatherall (32), Glenn Pollard (49), and Glenn's only child Heather aka Arthur, tried to shoot, drown, and poison 53-year-old Ray Weatherall but were unsuccessful each time, heard the Maidstone Crown Court.
Despite her clear intent to kill him, Ray said he "still loves" his wife and that he hoped she would come back home and live with the family once she serves out her 15-year sentence. "I love Hayley. I always have and always will," he said, according to the Daily Mail.
He continued, "I wish I was going to be here long enough to have her back in this house where she belongs. I know people will think I'm crazy. If I was looking at it from the outside I'd be saying lock them up and throw away the key. They didn't have to try to kill me. I'm gutted over the whole situation. I've lost my wife, my best friend, for what? He could have waited and had her."
Ray had been diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2015 and was told he had only 18 months to live. It was around then that Heather Pollard — who is transgender and goes by the name Arthur — shot him in the face at Sandwich Marina in Kent. He would miraculously survive after the bullet hit his right cheekbone.
But that would be just one of several attempts on his life, with the court hearing that there were three "determined and sophisticated" attempts made to kill Ray. A second attempt saw a coordinated swimming pool heater explosion which left the terminally-ill man with second-degree burns, but still alive.
The court also heard that the 53-year-old had been prescribed a daily dose of injections for his diabetes, which Glenn — who he had been friends with for more than 20 years — would try to exploit to his advantage. The 49-year-old was said to have "brainwashed" Arthur and convinced him to poison Ray with an insulin overdose after first feeding him knockout pills. Another aborted plan involved a scheme to push him overboard during a fishing trip on a boat they co-owned so he would drown.
However, Ray would remain ignorant and dismiss all the incidents as accidents, not knowing that Hayley and Glenn had planned to murder him so they could have a new life together. It would be the non-fatal shooting that would trigger an investigation by Kent Police and after Ray's niece Emma Worsfold tipped off authorities after she learned of Hayley's affair, investigators began uncovering the numerous plots that the trio had hatched.
The Kent Police soon raided their homes and uncovered the bolt-action rifle that had been used for the failed murder attempt and seized phones and electronic devices which would reveal the hundreds of messages between Heather and Glenn where the pair had plotted to kill the 53-year-old. The former's phone also showed internet searches for methods to kill someone, including "techniques of silent killing," "creative ways to kill someone," "insulin shock," "sepsis," "Cyanide," and "how to kill someone via a wound".
Presiding Judge Adele Williams called the crimes "cruelty of a high-degree" and branded the trio "cold and calculated", adding that Hayley was "impatient" for her husband to die. She told the court that each had "planned to kill him with determination and persistence" and that she was considering an indeterminate sentence because of "the course of conduct involved multiple attempts to murder."
Glenn Pollard was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 17 years while Hayley and Arthur were each jailed for life with a minimum of 15 years.