Wife battered to death with dumbbell over affair
A former soldier who battered his wife to death with a dumbbell after a private investigator he had hired uncovered her affair has been convicted of murder.
Nirmal Gill (49), inset right, killed his wife Rosemary Gill (48) in the bedroom of their home in Bristol, England, at around 3am on July 20 last year.
Bristol Crown Court was told "possessive" Gill had become suspicious of his wife's behaviour and contracted a team of private investigators to watch her movements.
The firm fitted a tracking device to Mrs Gill's Audi and regularly sent text updates of her location to Gill – who followed her in his own and borrowed cars.
Gill discovered his wife was having an affair with her ex-husband, Andrew Cooper, when he spotted the pair embracing during a secret meeting.
Three days later, he carried out the "revenge" attack – using a metal dumbbell to strike his wife in the head at least 12 times.
Mrs Gill's naked and bloody body was discovered eight hours later by the couple's daughter Jasmine (19), who had been sleeping in the room next door.
Gill admitted the manslaughter of his wife through a loss of control but denied murder and claimed he could not remember the fatal event after taking a cocktail of prescription drugs and alcohol.
The father of two remained emotionless as the jury returned its unanimous verdict after two hours of deliberations.
In mitigation for Gill, his barrister Henry Grunwald described the murder as "a tragic case for all concerned".
He said a victim impact statement written by the couple's son Zac on behalf of the couple's children spoke of their double loss.
"The loss that they feel, not only the loss of their mother but the effective loss of their father," he said.
"He brought about the death of his wife but he has also destroyed the relationship with his children. He can only hope that in the years to come he can rebuild a relationship with them," he said.