Life sentence for husband who murdered his wife

06/07/2015

A husband, who was caught disposing of a murder weapon on his dash-cam in his HGV cab, has today been jailed for life at Stafford Crown Court after he had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to murdering his wife at their family home in Tamworth.

Iain Montgomery, aged 39, made a 999 emergency call on 9 January 2015 reporting that he had come home from work and had found the dead body of his 50-year-old wife, Tina.

However, following an investigation into the death, the police were able to track the movements of both parties and they discovered that Mrs Montgomery had been last seen alive on 8 January 2015 when she had left work. She was not seen after this date.

The defendant, who employed as an HGV driver, was due to work a night shift on 8 January, but he had failed to turn up to work. His employers eventually made contact with him and he arrived late to start his shift.

Forensic evidence found the defendant's palm print in blood on a work surface, small spots of his wife's blood on his work boots as well as inside of his car. In the defendant's HGV cab was a dash-cam which recorded him throwing a rolling pin into a field. That rolling pin was retrieved and found to have the victim's blood on it.

Iain Montgomery was questioned by the police and he was subsequently charged. He later pleaded guilty to murdering his wife.

Kerry Moreton, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Iain Montgomery has today been jailed for life for the brutal murder of his wife, Tina.

"After she had arrived home from work, he attacked and killed her. He then went to work, and although late, worked out his night shift as normal during which time he disposed of one of the murder weapons during one of his journeys as a delivery driver. On returning back from work, he made a 999 call pretending to have just discovered the obviously murdered body of his wife. 

"When the emergency services arrived, he lied to them in order to conceal his crime, however, due to the overwhelming prosecution evidence against him, Montgomery later pleaded guilty to murdering his wife.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Tina."