A husband who murdered his spouse and tried to cowl his tracks by staging a pretend suicide has been jailed for 17 years.

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Derek Potter, 64, killed his spouse of 26 years at their residence in Swansea, south Wales, on April 7 and tried to make it appear like she hanged herself.

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He would have gotten away with killing his spouse, Lesley, 66, however simply days earlier than her physique was cremated, he advised a co-worker: ‘She was doing my head in, so I needed to strangle her.’

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Derek Potter, 64, strangled his spouse Lesley, 66, then rigged up a noose in a spare bed room to pretend a suicide (Image: PA)

Potter denied homicide however was discovered responsible by a jury at Swansea Crown Court docket, who took only one hour and 11 minutes to achieve a verdict.

Decide Mr Justice Soole jailed Potter for all times and advised him he would serve no less than 17 years behind bars for the ‘ferocious assault’.

He stated: ‘You knew what you had been doing.’

The decide added: ‘I’ve concluded and am positive that you simply strangled her with out premeditation, in a sudden and livid burst of mood, and that you simply there after which set about making an attempt to cowl it up by the pretence that she had dedicated suicide.’

Leslie Potter’s household described the final seven months since her loss of life as a ‘residing nightmare’.

Derek Potter, 64, being interviewed by Police after his spouse Leslie had died (Image: Wales Information Service)
Potter confessed the killing to co-worker Natalia Mikhailoea-Kisselevskaia (Image: Wales Information Service)

In a sufferer affect assertion, Mrs Potter’s daughter Victoria Bull, stated: ‘On April 7, my mom was cruelly, violently and deceitfully taken from me and my household in essentially the most unimaginable approach.

‘On that day, my household’s lives modified endlessly and our entire lives won’t ever be the identical once more.

She added: ‘I’m numb, nonetheless in shock, and never capable of grieve the lack of my mom.’

Ms Bull stated her household was making ready for the funeral solely to learn by police that Potter had been arrested on suspicion of homicide.

‘I can’t describe to you ways I felt,’ she stated.

Within the fast aftermath of the homicide, Potter dialled 999 and knowledgeable ambulance and police crews that he discovered his spouse hanging within the rear bed room and that he tried to save lots of her.

The George pub, the place Potter confessed to a colleague that he had strangled his spouse (Image: Wales Information Service)

His spouse’s loss of life was not initially handled as suspicious and her physique was ready for a funeral.

Nonetheless, on April 25 Potter advised Russian co-worker Natalia Mikhailoea-Kisselevskaia: ‘I really like my spouse very a lot however she was doing my head in, so I needed to strangle her.’

The courtroom additionally heard how South Wales Police had made ‘errors’ and the power’s response on the day of Mrs Potter’s loss of life ‘was not because it ought to have been’ and it was ‘taking a look at this very critically’.

Extra: UK

In an announcement, the power stated: ‘We acknowledge the feedback made by prosecution counsel following the trial at Swansea Crown Court docket in regards to the preliminary police response to Mrs Potter’s loss of life and the following investigation, which was described as being ‘expeditious {and professional}’ and resulted in Derek Potter’s conviction for homicide.

‘Now that the prison proceedings are concluded we are going to think about the feedback made and assessment the preliminary police response to this tragic loss of life.’

A House Workplace pathologist concluded ‘handbook strangulation’ had performed a component in her loss of life.


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