Pig farmer ‘got away with murder’ after dumping wife in septic tank 40 years ago, court hears

She had suffered from mental health issues in the past and saw a psychiatrist after becoming depressed.

Mr Venables lied to police about the affair and later downplayed its importance by insisting his wife had been depressed at not being able to have children.

But Mr Burrows continued: “The truth, say prosecutors, is that it was David Venables who killed her. He wanted her out of the way: he wanted to resume his longtime affair with another woman.

“He knew about the septic tank in their remote location. It was almost the perfect hiding place for him.”

He added, “And for almost 40 years it was the perfect place and he got away with murder.”

The jury heard that when he went to the police to report his wife’s disappearance, one of the officers remarked that he “did not appear scared at all and was fairly calm.”

Another officer described him as “cold and showing no emotion and not appearing concerned in any way.”

Ms Styles had also described her lover as “fairly composed” and “quiet” after his wife’s disappearance.

Police concluded that there was no evidence he had murdered his wife and the investigation remained a missing person.

By 2019, Mr Venables had sold the farm to his nephew, and in July of that year contractors were clearing out the septic tank and found bones, including a human skull.

When police contacted him in July 2019 to confirm that they had discovered his wife’s remains, he expressed surprise, pointing out that the septic tank had previously been cleaned several times.

Mr Burrows told the jury: “He also said he knew another woman around the same time who had disappeared.

“He said she was picked up by Fred West and managed to get out of his car.”

On July 30, 2019, a police officer went to his home again and arrested him. They searched his property that day and the next. There was a book about Fred and Rose West in the dining room

Mr Venables sat in court wearing a suit, tie and headphones to follow proceedings.

The pensioner denies murdering his wife between May 2 and 5, 1982, and the trial, which is expected to take up to six weeks, continues. Pig farmer ‘got away with murder’ after dumping wife in septic tank 40 years ago, court hears

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