A man killed his wife of more than 60 years then took his own life at their home after they made a decision to 'go together', an inquest has heard.
The bodies of childhood sweethearts Alexander and Helen Lawrie, both 83, were found in the conservatory of their home in Cromer, Norfolk in April last year.
A post-mortem examination found Helen Lawrie died of head injuries while her husband died from serious leg injuries.
An inquest heard that the former's health had been deteriorating, including issues with mobility, speech, eyesight and dementia, and she needed regular care.
The hearing at Norfolk Coroner's Court was told that the couple were looking at options including moving her into a care home or for her to have a live-in carer.
A carer also told police that the couple had said if something happened to them, they would 'go together' after more than 60 years of marriage.
Police were called to their home in Cromer at 7.18pm on 4 April 2022 by paramedics after they were found unresponsive, and a police investigation was launched.
The inquest concluded that Alexander Lawrie had killed his wife before taking his own life.
Area coroner Yvonne Blake ruled that Helen Lawrie had been unlawfully killed and her husband had committed suicide.
The inquest heard that the couple, who met in their teens and were described as childhood sweethearts, married in 1960 had three sons together.
Helen Lawrie owned hair salons and lectured on hairdressing. Her husband was a lecturer in electrical engineering before retirement and had a keen interest in golf and cycling.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Chris Burgess of Norfolk Police: "This is an incredibly sad incident and my thoughts are with the family and friends of Helen and Alexander.
"It was clear to me that Helen and Alexander were devoted to each other throughout their marriage and he cared for her fully throughout her deteriorating health."