Husband who said wife took her own life is sentenced for murder

|News, Violent crime , Domestic abuse

A man who claimed his wife had hanged herself has been sentenced for her murder at Swansea Crown Court.

Derek Potter, 64, said he found his wife’s body when he returned home in April this year. The death was initially treated as non-suspicious, but a woman later contacted the police saying that Potter had confessed to her in a local pub that he had killed his wife.

A full forensic examination revealed that Lesley Potter had injuries consistent with manual strangulation rather than hanging, and also had multiple rib fractures and internal abdominal bruising.

Felicity Galvin of the CPS said: “Derek Potter went to considerable lengths to make Lesley’s death look like suicide. 

“However, the forensic evidence presented by the CPS, together with evidence from witnesses, allowed us to build a picture of what really happened that day, resulting in the jury’s guilty verdict.

“Lesley’s family and friends continue to be in our thoughts and they have our sympathies over their loss.”

Derek Potter was sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to serve a minimum of seventeen years.

Notes to editors

  • Felicity Galvin is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales
  • Derek Ian POTTER (DOB: 18/7/54) was convicted of murder after trial
  • Lesley Potter was killed on 7 April 2018
  • Derek POTTER was sentenced on 8 November 2018.

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