Criminal News
Curiosities from the world, criminal news

Pensioner, 74, ‘will die in prison’ for murdering wife who left him for old flame

0 1
loading...

A pensioner is likely to die behind bars after a court jailed him for life for stabbing and battering his wife to death after she left him for an old flame.

David Thomas, 74, waited outside their London family home and killed estranged wife Sheila, 69, with a kitchen knife and lump of wood on 24 June last year

He attacked his wife of 50 years a month after she left him for a man she knew in her teens, after he contacted her on Facebook.

loading...
Pic shows David Thomas. A jealous husband who stabbed and battered his estranged wife to death in revenge when she left him for an old flame after 50 years' of marriage is set to die behind bars.David Thomas, 74, lay in wait for Sheila, 69, after promising her he would be out when she stopped by to collect some belongings from their matrimonial home in Herne Hill, south London, on July 24 last year.Mrs Thomas had weeks earlier begun having an affair with Victor Cassar, also 74, with whom she had recently reunited with over Facebook, the Old Bailey heard.SEE STORY CENTRAL NEWS
David Thomas is likely to die behind bars for murdering his wife (Picture: Central News)

The court heard how Mrs Thomas had a fling with Victor Cassar in 1975 and they got together again after he sought her out on social media.

thumbnail for post ID 8386603Desperate appeal to feed D Day veteran, 94, who can’t afford food

When the defendant found out, he insisted his wife should move out of their Herne Hill home in June 2018.

Advertisement

Advertisement

He murdered her when she returned to pick up her belongings, believing Thomas would be out, the Old Bailey was told.

A jury convicted Thomas of murder after rejecting a claim he lost control after his wife told him two of their children were not his.

Pic shows Sheila Thomas A jealous husband who stabbed and battered his estranged wife to death in revenge when she left him for an old flame after 50 years' of marriage is set to die behind bars. David Thomas, 74, lay in wait for Sheila, 69, after promising her he would be out when she stopped by to collect some belongings from their matrimonial home in Herne Hill, south London, on July 24 last year. Mrs Thomas had weeks earlier begun having an affair with Victor Cassar, also 74, with whom she had recently reunited with over Facebook, the Old Bailey heard. SEE STORY CENTRAL NEWS
Thomas waited outside their family home before stabbing Sheila with a kitchen knife and battering her with a lump of wood (Picture: Central News)

Jailing him for life with a minimum term of 15 years, Judge Richard Marks QC told him: ‘This has been a truly tragic case for the entirety of your family.’

He said the impact on them was ‘heart-rending in the extreme’ and led to ‘divided loyalties’.

‘I’m sure in your over-wrought state you lost your temper and took that knife to the bedroom where you used it to stab her a number of times, including twice to the chest and to the head and struck her with a stick with sufficient force to break it.’

He said injuries that the defendant suffered were all self inflicted.

About a week before the murder, the defendant had asked a friend whether he could get a gun for him, the court heard.

Pic shows Victor Cassar, leaving the Old Bailey. A jealous husband who stabbed and battered his estranged wife to death in revenge when she left him for an old flame after 50 years' of marriage is set to die behind bars. David Thomas, 74, lay in wait for Sheila, 69, after promising her he would be out when she stopped by to collect some belongings from their matrimonial home in Herne Hill, south London, on July 24 last year. Mrs Thomas had weeks earlier begun having an affair with Victor Cassar, also 74, with whom she had recently reunited with over Facebook, the Old Bailey heard. SEE STORY CENTRAL NEWS
Sheila left her husband after finding back to Victor Cassar, a crush from her teenage years (Picture: Central News)

But the judge said he could not be sure the defendant wanted to shoot his wife, saying it was possible he was thinking of suicide.

thumbnail for post ID 8386695Companies dropping like flies from Britain because of Brexit

On the day of the killing, a neighbour heard a male voice coming from the address angrily shouting ‘tell me where you live’. A woman’s voice responded ‘let me go, let go of me’.

Advertisement

Advertisement

The neighbour then heard the man threaten to break her neck.

When police arrived at the scene, Thomas opened the door wearing a blood-soaked T-shirt and shorts, the court heard.

Pic shows David Thomas. COLLECT PIC A jealous husband who stabbed and battered his estranged wife to death in revenge when she left him for an old flame after 50 years' of marriage is set to die behind bars. David Thomas, 74, lay in wait for Sheila, 69, after promising her he would be out when she stopped by to collect some belongings from their matrimonial home in Herne Hill, south London, on July 24 last year. Mrs Thomas had weeks earlier begun having an affair with Victor Cassar, also 74, with whom she had recently reunited with over Facebook, the Old Bailey heard. SEE STORY CENTRAL NEWS
Thomas was jailed for life with a minimum of 15 years on Thursday (Picture: Central News)

Giving evidence, Thomas told the court: ‘She said “I don’t love you, I don’t know why you are worried about me, I have never loved you”.’

She told him she ‘detested’ having sex with him and that she should have left him years ago, the court heard.

Thomas added: ‘She said ‘I will tell you something now you don’t want to know… you are not the father to two of your daughters.’

Members of the Thomas family wept in court as he was jailed for 15 years.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Original »

loading...
Comments
Loading...