Broker gets life for murder of wife

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A husband who hit his wife over the head before dousing her body in white spirit and turning on a gas hob has been jailed for life for murder.

BBC News reports that Maria Byrne, 35, died at the couple's home in Morgan Crescent, Theydon Bois, Essex, on 13 February.

Former broker Darren Byrne, 40, killed her after she discovered he had been having an affair, Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

Byrne was found guilty of murder and arson and must serve at least 24 years.

The court heard Byrne hoped his wife's body would catch on fire while he went for an hour-long dog walk.

Returning to find his plan had not worked, he called the emergency services to say his wife was "burned".

In sentencing, Judge Charles Gratwicke told Bryne: "The effect of your savagery will live with [Mrs Byrne's family] for the rest of their lives."

He said Maria Byrne "remained living for 30 minutes" after he attacked her.

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