who was arrested in Burnham-On-Sea is jailed for life over murder
man who was arrested in Burnham-On-Sea after murdering his wife
because she was having an affair has been jailed for life this
David Lancaster, 60, struck wife Helen, 54, six times with a weapon
and smothered her with a pillow at their home in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.
Crown Court was told this week that after the attack, he fled
the house and drove to Burnham-On-Sea, where he
was arrested on the town's beach after being located by Burnham
Coastguards and Police.
Lancaster must serve at least 11 years and nine months in prison
before he can be considered for parole.
Judge Neil Ford said a house owned by the couple in Lincoln -
which was in Mrs Lancaster's name but had been bought by Lancaster
with money he had inherited - was a source of "further annoyance
and upset" for the defendant, who killed his teacher wife
on 30th September.
judge told him: "Your relationship had been in difficulty
for some time. You suspected she had been having an affair with
another man. On 20th August your suspicions were confirmed and
you confronted Helen."
He added: "I have no doubt that you began to contemplate
the benefit of killing your wife. Helen had revealed to friends
that you had accused her of stealing your inheritance."
The judge told Lancaster: "You said you had been driven to
commit murder by the way your wife had treated you and your daughter."
"You also said what you had done was less serious than what
your wife had done to you and Amy. You have effectively deprived
your daughter Amy of both her parents."
the attack Lancaster drove to Burnham-On-Sea and rang the police
and also confessed to murdering his wife and told them where to
find her body.
Lancaster pleaded guilty to murder at a previous hearing.