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'Deceitful' undertaker guilty of killing his wife

An undertaker has been found guilty of murdering his wife after she disappeared from the family home last year.

John Taylor (61) was convicted by a jury at Worcester Crown Court of killing retired primary school teacher Alethea Taylor at their bungalow in 2012.

Mrs Taylor (63) was last seen alive in January last year and since then there has been no trace or sightings of her.

Taylor reported his wife missing to the police who launched an investigation to locate her, but her body has never been found and Taylor has refused to say what he has done with it.

During his trial jurors heard that the funeral director, who was having an affair with a woman from a neighbouring village at the time, had been keen to spread rumours that his wife was losing her mind in the run-up to her disappearance on January 19 last year.

Taylor, of Mortimer Close in Orleton, Herefordshire, previously said he believed his 63-year-old wife was still missing.

David Elliott, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, branded Taylor a "deceitful man".

He said: "The defendant reported his wife missing from their family home and he claimed to the police that she was suffering from dementia and had a habit of wandering off in a confused state.

"Taylor was unhappy in his marriage and he was having an affair. His wife found out, and in a diary which was recovered from the house, Mrs Taylor highlighted her concerns at her husband's infidelity and the future of their marriage.

"Scientific investigation from the family home and the defendant's car provided the police with the vital evidence of Mrs Taylor's blood, which Taylor tried to explain was due to his wife's regular nosebleeds. We will never know how Mrs Taylor was killed or where her body has been concealed," he added.

Irish Independent