Saturday 20 January 2018

Police continue hunt for body of millionaire’s wife

Rod Minchin

The hunt for the body of a woman murdered by her wealthy husband will continue today.

Police yesterday began digging for the remains of Kate Prout at the farm in Redmarley, Gloucestershire, where she lived with her millionaire husband Adrian.

The excavation work is taking place in dense woodland on the 276-acre Redhill Farm and police have cordoned off the area and nearby paths and bridleways.

Police said the work would continue until Mrs Prout is found.

Prout, 49, was jailed for life last year and told to serve a minimum of 18 years after being found guilty of her murder at Bristol Crown Court.

He had denied killing her, maintaining she had disappeared in November 2007.

In a dramatic twist last week, Prout confessed to killing his wife and burying her body in woodland on their £1.2 million farm, after failing a lie detector test.

On Friday Prout was taken from prison to the farm in handcuffs to show police the spot where he said he dumped her.

Prout's admission from behind bars comes four years after he murdered Mrs Prout, 55, and exactly 12 months since her family last pleaded with him to reveal the truth.

Prout always denied any part in her disappearance as he refused to help officers in their search for the retired teacher.

Prout is said to have told his fiance Debbie Garlick that he strangled his wife after a row and buried her body in woodland on his farm.

Ms Garlick is believed to have subsequently spoken to Gloucestershire Police about his confession.

Prout, who has fathered a child with Ms Garlick after his wife's disappearance, was thought to have strangled her and then used his expertise as a professional pipe-layer to bury her body.

On Friday Ms Garlick told ITV Westcountry of her prison visit last week: "He just confessed."

Asked what he said, she replied: "I am sorry, I did ..."

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