• Husband who killed and burned wife's body jailed

    A "controlling bully" who strangled his wife and burned her body after taking out £310,000 in life insurance has been jailed for life.

    Thomas Peter was found guilty of murdering Karen Peter in their home in Romford, east London, on 2 August 2018, after a trial at the Old Bailey.

    He was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 25 years for murder and seven years for arson, to run concurrently.

    Judge Richard Marks said Peter's behaviour was "wicked and cruel".

    He called him "an arrogant, egotistical, chauvinistic controlling bully" who treated his wife "abysmally".

    Peter strangled 50-year-old Mrs Peter, rammed a flannel into her mouth and dragged her by the hair while their three children were at home. He feared his wife had met someone new and went on to set fire to her body to disguise what he had done.

    The judge said: "Karen must have suffered an agonising death in her own home as you squeezed the life out of her as she tried to attract the attention of her three daughters, upon whom she doted but was unable because you rammed that cloth down her throat for the express purpose of stopping her doing so."

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