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Man jailed for life for decapitating wife and flushing her head down toilet

Emily Pennink

Published 18/04/2016 | 11:14

Dempsey Nibbs, 69, who is facing life behind bars for decapitating his wife of 30 years and flushing her severed head down the toilet Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Dempsey Nibbs, 69, who is facing life behind bars for decapitating his wife of 30 years and flushing her severed head down the toilet Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

A jealous husband who decapitated his wife of 30 years and flushed her severed head down the toilet in an act of "grotesque savagery" will die behind bars.

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Dempsey Nibbs, 69, became enraged after vivacious and caring Meals On Wheels worker Judith Nibbs, 60, taunted him as their relationship fell apart by saying she had been seeing other men.

The cancer sufferer claimed he had acted in self defence, but a jury found Nibbs guilty of murder following an Old Bailey trial.

His lawyer Ian Henderson QC told the court that his client acknowledged that his ill health meant he would die in jail.

Undated handout file photo issued by Metropolitan Police of Judith Nibbs
Undated handout file photo issued by Metropolitan Police of Judith Nibbs

The Recorder of London Nicholas Hilliard QC jailed Nibbs for life with a minimum of 21 years.

He told him: "I'm sure you don't regret your wife's death save for its effect on your own comfort and well-being."

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