Four years after killing his wife, millionaire leads police to body

A wealthy landowner who was jailed for murdering his wife while pleading his innocence has finally confessed and led police to the spot where he buried her body four years ago.

Adrian Prout, 49, had always denied killing his estranged wife, Kate Prout, but was convicted of murder last year and jailed for a minimum of 18 years.

He was yesterday escorted to the 276-acre farm in Redmarley, Gloucestershire, after confessing the murder to detectives on Thursday. The confession seems to have been triggered after he failed a polygraph test while in Garth prison, Lancashire, four months ago. It came a year to the day after his wife's family pleaded with him to reveal where he had hidden her body.

The test was taken at the behest of his fiancée, Debbie Garlick, who had campaigned against his conviction.

Kate Prout's family last night said: "We have always wanted Adrian to tell us where Kate's body is, this news has come as something of a shock."

Prout, who owned a successful pipe-laying business and ran a commercial pheasant shoot, was seen at Redhill farm handcuffed to an officer as the search began yesterday. He was driven into a wood in a police car from where he emerged 25 minutes later. Police said they search of the area next week but warned it was likely to take time.

The couple married in 2000, moving into Redhill farm in 2004. The first signs of marital problems were recorded in Mrs Prout's diary in 2006, and she suspected he was having an affair, the court was told last year. She was last seen on Bonfire night 2007 – the day after she confronted her husband with an increased divorce demand of £800,000. Mrs Prout, 55, was reported missing five days later by her husband, who was arrested twice before being charged with murder in March 2009.

Prout was convicted of murder last February at Bristol Crown Court. His friends have campaigned for his release ever since, claiming he was victim of a miscarriage of justice.

Following the lie detector test in July, Prout is said to have told his fiancée that he strangled his retired teacher wife after a row and buried her body on the farm – now worth £1.2m. Ms Garlick, who convinced Prout to undergo the test to prove his innocence, is believed to have subsequently contacted Gloucestershire Police. Prout, who fathered a daughter with Ms Garlick in January 2010, is understood to have been "destroyed and completely in shock" after the confession.

Police always believed Prout had strangled his wife before burying her body. Even after he was jailed, officers continued to search the farm for her remains.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, of Gloucestershire Constabulary, said: "The investigation into Kate Prout's death was challenging and complex, and ultimately led to Adrian Prout's conviction. This latest piece of information does not change that."

Voices
A Russian hunter at the Medved bear-hunting lodge in Siberia
Save the tigerWildlife charities turn to those who kill animals to help save them
News
Davis says: 'My career has been about filling a niche - there were fewer short actors and fewer roles – but now I'm being offered all kinds of things'
PeopleWarwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
News
i100
Sport
Frank Lampard will pass Billy Wright and equal Bobby Charton’s caps tally of 106 caps against
sportFormer Chelsea midfielder in Etihad stopgap before New York contract
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
Arts and Entertainment
The first film introduced Daniel Radcliffe to our screens, pictured here as he prepares to board the train to Hogwarts for the first time.
booksHow reading Harry Potter helps children grow up to be gay-friendly
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from Aladdin is performed at the Tony Awards in New York in June
theatreBrit producer Lythgoe makes kids' musical comedy a Los Angeles hit
Sport
Usain Bolt of Jamaica smiles and shakes hands with a competitor after Jamaica won their first heat in the men's 4x100m relay
sport
News
Chancellor George Osborne, along with the Prime Minister, have been 'complacently claiming the economy is now fixed', according to shadow Chancellor Ed Balls
i100... which is awkward, because he is their boss, after all
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Save the Tiger: Meet the hunters tasked with protecting Russia's rare Amur tiger

Hunters protect Russia's rare Amur tiger

In an unusual move, wildlife charities have enlisted those who kill animals to help save them. Oliver Poole travels to Siberia to investigate
Transfers: How has your club fared in summer sales?

How has your club fared in summer sales?

Who have bagged the bargain buys and who have landed the giant turkeys
Warwick Davis: The British actor on Ricky Gervais, how the Harry Potter set became his office, and why he'd like to play a spy

'I'm a realist; I know how hard this business is'

Warwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
The best swim shorts for men: Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer

The best swim shorts for men

Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer
Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Meet the couple blamed for bringing Lucifer into local politics
Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup