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Former British army major jailed for at least 14 years after strangling wife

A former British army major has been sentenced to 18 years jail for strangling his wife in their Victorian home in 2014. David Whitelegg says he killed Anne Whitelegg with his bare hands but authorities believe the injuries on her neck are more consistent with a belt, the Victorian supreme court heard. Whitelegg has been sentenced to 18 years jail after pleading guilty to Anne s murder.

The court heard the 55-year-old lost his temper as the pair argued at their Wallan home on 18 September 2014. Their marriage had been strained and Anne, 59, was planning to leave him. She was drunk at the time Whitelegg lost control and launched at her.

You attacked your wife when her ability to escape from you was compromised by the alcohol she had consumed, Justice Jane Dixon told the former army major on Wednesday. Whitelegg, who served in the British army, in the Royal Logistics Corps, and the Australian army, became increasingly delusional before he murdered his wife and believed the Australian defence force and Asio were stalking him and trying to force him out of the army. After he strangled his wife, Whitelegg set about organising his affairs and then tried to take his own life. He gave away his cat and wrote to his mother in England to admit responsibility for his wife s death and apologise for having stained the family name.

Whitelegg also phoned a funeral parlour and said his wife had died unexpectedly. When authorities found her body on the kitchen floor, Whitelegg said she had fallen ill. You also said you missed your wife and she was your best friend, Dixon said. He must serve at least 14 years behind bars before he is eligible for parole.

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