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British Airways captain admits killing his York wife


12:44pm 20th May 2011
(Updated 8:27am 23rd May 2011)

A man, accused of murdering his estranged wife from York, will shortly find out his fate.

The jury in the trial of 47 year old British Airways captain, Robert Brown, has retired to consider its verdict. (Jury dismissed at 5pm Friday 20th May 2011 to return to court on Monday 23rd May 2011 to continue deliberations.)

Mr Brown's admitted killing his millionairess wife 46 year old Joanna, who use to live in Badger Hill in York, but denies murder.

During the eight day trial the jury heard how Robert Brown killed her with a claw hammer in their family home.

As John and Joanna's two young children cowered in the playroom, he bundled Joanna's body into the boot of his car and later dumped it in a makeshift coffin.

The jury heard he hit her at least 14 times around the head, wrapped her body in plastic sheeting and dumped her in his Volvo 4x4.

He later drove to Windsor Great Park where he had already buried a garden crate that would serve as her coffin.

He was arrested the next day after police called to investigate Mrs Brown’s disappearance discovered spots of blood on her drive and in her mansion.

He later confessed to her killing, leading officers to the secluded burial site where investigators found Mrs Brown’s body.

An archaeologist suggested the grave could have been dug “weeks earlier.”

John Brown told the police he'd been suffering "severe stress" and an "abnormality of mental function" which impaired his self-control.

Mr Brown also believed he'd been “stitched up” by a prenuptial agreement.

The pilot, of North Street, Winkfield, Berkshire, denies murder.

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