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RAF helicopter pilot 'attempted to murder his squadron leader partner'

Flight Lieutenant Timothy Barry, 29, is said to have tried to strangle 38-year-old pilot Sarah Seddon at their cottage home in Cuxham, Oxfordshire.


A Royal Air Force helicopter pilot allegedly attempted to murder his squadron leader partner by trying to strangle her in a row.

Flight Lieutenant Timothy Barry, 29, is said to have tried to kill 38-year-old pilot Sarah Seddon at their cottage home in Cuxham, Oxfordshire.

Ms Seddon was taken to hospital with neck injuries and Barry was arrested on January 14 before being charged with attempted murder.

Flight Lieutenant Timothy Barry (left), 29, is said to have tried to strangle 38-year-old pilot Sarah Seddon (right) at their cottage home in Cuxham, Oxfordshire

Barry, who flies Puma helicopters, denies the charge and appeared at Oxford Crown Court yesterday where he was bailed until a trial on July 2.

Judge Roger Chapple described the case involving the pair, who are both in 33 Squadron based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, as 'highly unusual'.

Barry stood only to confirm his name and deny the charge of attempted murder.

He was told by the judge that the conditions of his bail would keep him at a house in Barrow-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire.

Barry, pictured (right) at Oxford Crown Court yesterday, denies a charge of attempted murder

The dark-haired defendant will remain on a curfew with a tag and should not leave the house between 9pm and 6am.

Howard Godfrey QC, defending, applied for Barry to have his bail conditions changed to allow him to return to his base at RAF Benson, but this was refused.

Fellow RAF officers supported Barry in the public gallery yesterday, and both pilots are now on compassionate leave. 

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