89-year-old retirement village resident accused of killing his wife has charge struck out

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The murder charge against Melbourne man Ronald Sparkes, 89, over the 2019 death of his wife has been thrown out of court.

As we reported here, Mr Sparkes faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court in 2019 charged with murdering his 87-year-old wife, Margaret Sparkes, while living at the Martin Luther Homes retirement village in The Basin, 31km east of the Melbourne CBD (pictured).

At the time Mr Sparkes was asked by magistrate Angela Bolger if he knew why he was in court that day, to which he answered “No, I’m sorry, I don’t.”

However, on 11 December 2020, the Melbourne Magistrates Court confirmed the charge against Mr Sparkes had been struck out, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The couple had been married for 50 years when they moved into the retirement village shortly before Mrs Sparkes’ death.