Pig farmer who killed wife and hid body in septic tank jailed for life

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A pig farmer who killed his wife and hid her body inside a septic tank has been jailed for life.

David Venables, now 89, has been put behind bars after he murdered Brenda in May 1982 after rekindling an affair with his lover.

He will have to serve a minimum of 18-years after he was found guilty at Worcester Crown Court last week.

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The retired farmer had used a manhole cover to weigh down his wife’s body, said judge Mrs Justice Tipples.

Her remains were left in the tank for 37 years and were hidden beneath the Quaking House Farm, in Kempsey, Worcestershire.

The new owners of the property found her in 2019.

Judge Tipples said Venables used his wife’s depression to create a “carefully thought-out story” that she had left her home to take her own life in the middle of the night.

But the judge said he was responsible for many of the aspects behind her mental illness.

Turning to him at court, she said: “You killed Brenda Venables in her own home, where she was recuperating with an injured leg and suffering from depression. You were Brenda’s husband and she should have been able to trust you.

“Your complete lack of respect for Brenda is obvious from your decision to dispose of her body in the septic tank.

“The fact that is what you did with her body is disgusting and repulsive.”

Venables previously claimed that Gloucester serial killer Fred West may have been linked to his wife’s death.

But jurors had heard that he was having a "long-standing affair" with his mum's ex-carer Lorraine Styles.

In an earlier trial prosecutor Michael Burrows QC said Venables "wanted her out of the way."

Judge Tipples added: “I am sure you killed Brenda Venables to remove her from your life and the complications she may have presented to you in any divorce proceedings.

“There is no doubt an element of greed and selfishness.

“I do not accept that your life expectancy must be short.”

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