Husband drowns wife then tries to flee country with suitcase full of sex toys

An man who drowned his disabled wife was caught as he tried to flee the country with a suitcase full of sex toys.

Peter Rex Dansie, 71, murdered his wife Helen by pushing her wheelchair into a pond in Adelaide, Australia.

On Easter Sunday 2017, he waited until it was almost dark and most people had left before shoving her into the water.

He briefly climbed into the water to make it look as though he'd tried to save her, before calling the police.

His story was called into question when it was discovered he'd left his watch and wallet behind in his car, which Supreme Court judge Justice David Lovell said showed "expectation on your part that you would be getting wet that night," reports the Daily Star.

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Helen, 67, was a former microbiologist who had used a wheelchair since the 1990s after having a stroke.

The court heard that Dansie no longer wanted to care for his ailing wife, and had been having online conversations with a woman in China, with whom he intended to have a relationship.

He had booked plane tickets and the day before his flight, police searched his home and found a suitcase filled with condoms, Viagra, sex toys and lingerie.

"Helen, your loving and devoted wife for over 40 years, had simply become a burden to you," Justice Lovell said.

"This was a chilling, planned murder of a person whose mistake was to trust you."

Dansie was found guilty of her murder in December, and on Thursday was jailed for life with a non-parole period of 25 years.

He's been granted leave to appeal against his conviction, with a hearing scheduled for May.

During sentencing, Justice Lovell described the killing as "evil" and said Dansie had shown no remorse.

In a statement read to the court, Helen's son Grant Dansie said he hoped the case would result in a review of how the Australian government protects the rights of the most vulnerable.

He said there were "gaping holes in the system" which was intended to protect them.

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