Thomas Nutt, man who stuffed dead wife in suitcase on wedding night, sentenced to life in prison

A 46-year-old Briton found guilty of murdering his wife for just hours, stuffing her body first in a cupboard and then in a suitcase, and then spending their honeymoon alone has been sentenced to life in prison by a British court.

Thomas Nutt married Dawn Walker, 52, on October 27 last year – although Walker told her daughter in the days leading up to the ceremony that she feared “something bad” was about to happen.

The court heard Nutt, who had previously been jailed after allegedly raping and abusing Walker during what was clearly a tumultuous courtship, was caught on CCTV tape tossing his new bride’s body into their garden in a large suitcase rolled up to the house after he filed a missing persons report four days after their wedding.

Nutt had told detectives the murder was an accident and “he had no intention of causing any real serious harm to her at the time he killed her”. He told the court that his dead wife was bipolar and that she attacked him before he accidentally took her life.

It’s unclear why he didn’t call the police after the incident, but instead spent the planned honeymoon in a camper van at a resort area in Skegness. Four days after the wedding, on Halloween, he put up decorations his wife-to-be had bought and then turned himself in to the police.

Prosecutor Emma Covington told the sentencing judge on Friday, “What should have been the happiest time of Dawn’s life was instead marked by absolute tragedy when she met her death at the hands of the man she had just married.” He added that Nutt “first played the role of a missing wife’s distraught husband and then concocted a web of lies to explain his actions.”

Several neighbors testified at the trial, including one who went into the house a few months before the wedding after hearing screams. Nutt told the woman that his fiancee had an asthma attack. Walker yelled back in a haunting foreboding, “Don’t believe him! He’s lying! He’s trying to kill me!” Thomas Nutt, man who stuffed dead wife in suitcase on wedding night, sentenced to life in prison


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