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Judge Martin Picton said: 'This is a desperately sad case.' Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

A Bristol woman has committed suicide by throwing herself in front of train after discovering her husband sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl.

Wife Jenny Mullinger, 62, discovered her husband David, 64, sexually abused the girl at Bristol Golf Club.

He initially denied the offences, which came to light after the youngster told her mum he had been "fiddling with her bits".

David, of New Road, Rangeworthy, later broke down and gave a tearful confession to police. He admitted to two counts of sexual assault and was subsequently given a three-year jail sentence.

The charges proved too much for his wife, who jumped in front of a train near to Yate train station in September.

At Bristol Crown Court, Judge Martin Picton said: "This is a desperately sad case. I'm sure you're only too aware of the awful harm you've done."

David's defence lawyer said: "He feels the impact daily.

"He suffers himself daily. He bears responsibility and knows the consequences such as the loss of his wife.

"She took her own life and that has impacted on everyone for the rest of their lives," said the lawyer, as reported by the Bristol Post.