Man who killed wife on wedding day and stuffed body into case jailed for life

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Thomas Nutt, who murdered his wife Dawn Walker on their wedding night and stuffed her body into a suitcase has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 21 years.

The body of grandmother Dawn Walker, 52, was found in a field four days after she married Thomas Nutt on October 27 last year.

Nutt, 46, is said to have killed Ms Walker just hours after their wedding day and stored her body in a suitcase.

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He is said to have dumped the suitcase in the bushes behind their home in Shirley Grove, Lightcliffe, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, with CCTV footage showing Nutt wheeling the suitcase after his wedding.

Nutt was convicted of the murder earlier this month following trial, and was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court today.

CCTV had captured Nutt after the wedding wheeling a large suitcase from the back of home and toward some nearby bushes, prompting a police investigation.

Nutt had reported his wife missing on October 31, 2021, however Nutt already knew that when he made the call that her body was lying dead in the cupboard at his home, the prosecution during trial said.

Speaking at trial, prosecutor Alistair MacDonald said: "He knew she was there because he killed her and put her body there before stuffing it into a suitcase, breaking bones to achieve that objective, before wheeling it to a place at which he dumped her body."

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MacDonald added: "It is often said someone’s wedding day is one of the happiest times of their life. Sadly, this was not the case for Ms Walker."

Nutt had denied the murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the basis that he did not intend to cause Ms Walker really serious harm when he killed her.

The 46-year-old had told detectives: "She put me in jail before, said I had tried raping and assaulting her.

"She said she was going to do it again. She started screaming and I have hit her in the face and put my arm round her neck."

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