Man found guilty of new wife's murder

Cheating newlywed Michael Roberts was tonight beginning life behind bars after being convicted of murdering his loving wife.





The Phones4U store manager had been married for just five months when he killed his wife Vicky, 25, on Sunday 29 November last year.



The pair had married in June but Roberts had already begun cheating on her with a colleague Kerrie Hall, 31.



He enjoyed "gymnastic sex" sessions with her before he was married and continued them at her North Wales home just a week after getting back from honeymoon - removing his wedding ring as they enjoyed a romp spiced up with sex aids.



Ms Hall told police Roberts had twice squeezed her neck during sex and that he "liked it rough".



After becoming bored of her, Roberts dumped her and fell in love with another work colleague, Karen Wilson, 26.



His wife, an account manager at Runcorn-based Banner Chemicals, discovered the affair and pleaded with him to end it and fix their marriage.



Roberts, 26, repeatedly lied to his wife claiming he had not slept with Ms Wilson and told her the affair was over.



At the same time, Roberts was falling rapidly in love with Ms Wilson, of Bangor, sending hundreds of texts a day and telling her he cried when he thought about the wedding they could have.



A week before he murdered his wife, Ms Wilson split up from her fiance and Roberts told her he had also left Vicky.



It was just one of scores of lies Roberts had told.



Today, he was jailed for a minimum of 17 years at Liverpool Crown Court.



Hearing the verdict, he sobbed and the court had to take a break before he could continue.



The judge, Mr Justice Royce, told him: "No words can adequately express the terrible effect that her early death has had upon her family and friends.



"You cheated on her and deceived her during your relationship, before you married and throughout your short marriage.



"She deserved much better than you.



"I am satisfied that after your enthusiastic sexual relationship with Kerrie Hall, you abandoned her for Karen Wilson with whom you became obsessed."



Roberts claimed he accidentally strangled his wife with a bathrobe cord during a kinky sex game.



But investigators proved the cord could not have caused a series of zig-zag marks on her neck.



The real murder weapon was never found.



Rather than call an ambulance to their flat in Partington Square, Runcorn, Roberts dumped his wife's body on their sofa for several hours before storing it in the spare room.



That night he had four long phone conversations with Ms Wilson, who noticed nothing different about him.



He ended the evening by texting her: "Good night, beautiful, sweet dreams xx".



The next day he took her shopping to Chester and had sex with her.



Days later he was caught on CCTV at Asda in Winsford buying items to wrap the body. After completing that task Roberts hid it in the garage.



He used his wife's mobile phone to send messages, pretending she was alive and had left him for another man.



But her suspicious family alerted police who discovered her remains.



Roberts fled but was caught three days later in Wrexham.



Speaking outside court, Detective Inspector Jo Miller, the senior investigating officer, said: "There is no doubt Vicky Roberts married the man of her dreams in June 2009.



"She was described as 'brimming over with happiness' on her wedding day.



"She wanted to make her marriage work at any cost and was willing to forgive him time and time again.



"But Michael Roberts couldn't accept his own failings and finish his relationship with Karen Wilson.



"This is no doubt the cause of Vicky's death."



The detective added: "Vicky's family can now at last start to bring some closure to this tragedy.



"They have had to endure the investigation and they have been put through weeks of listening to personal, intimate details about their daughter's life.



"They've also had to listen to details of the sordid affairs and sexual antics of Michael Roberts."

News
ebooksAn evocation of the conflict through the eyes of those who lived through it
Life and Style
techCould new invention save millions in healthcare bills?
Sport
David Moyes gets soaked
sport Moyes becomes latest manager to take part in the ALS challenge
Voices
A meteor streaks across the sky during the Perseid Meteor Shower at a wind farm near Bogdanci, south of Skopje, Macedonia, in the early hours of 13 August
voicesHagel and Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise, says Robert Fisk
News
peopleEnglishman managed quintessential Hollywood restaurant Chasen's
Life and Style
food + drinkHarrods launches gourmet food qualification for staff
Arts and Entertainment
Michael Flatley prepares to bid farewell to the West End stage
danceMichael Flatley hits West End for last time alongside Team GB World champion Alice Upcott
Life and Style
Horst P Horst mid-fashion shoot in New York, 1949
fashionFar-reaching retrospective to celebrate Horst P Horst's six decades of creativity
News
Members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community walk with a rainbow flag during a rally in July
i100
Life and Style
Black Ivory Coffee is made using beans plucked from elephants' waste after ingested by the animals
food + drinkFirm says it has created the "rarest" coffee in the world
Arts and Entertainment
Jamie T plays live in 2007 before going on hiatus from 2010
arts + entsSinger-songwriter will perform on the Festival Republic Stage
Life and Style
food + drinkThese simple recipes will have you refreshed within minutes
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Robert Fisk: All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise
Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
What happens to African migrants once they land in Italy during the summer?

What happens to migrants once they land in Italy?

Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
Frank Mugisha: Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked

Frank Mugisha: 'Coming out was a gradual process '

Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked
Radio 1 to hire 'YouTube-famous' vloggers to broadcast online

Radio 1’s new top ten

The ‘vloggers’ signed up to find twentysomething audience
David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
Florence Knight's perfect picnic: Make the most of summer's last Bank Holiday weekend

Florence Knight's perfect picnic

Polpetto's head chef shares her favourite recipes from Iced Earl Grey tea to baked peaches, mascarpone & brown sugar meringues...
Horst P Horst: The fashion photography genius who inspired Madonna comes to the V&A

Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

The London's museum has delved into its archives to stage a far-reaching retrospective celebrating the photographer's six decades of creativity
Mark Hix recipes: Try our chef's summery soups for a real seasonal refresher

Mark Hix's summery soups

Soup isn’t just about comforting broths and steaming hot bowls...
Tim Sherwood column: 'It started as a three-horse race but turned into the Grand National'

Tim Sherwood column

I would have taken the Crystal Palace job if I’d been offered it soon after my interview... but the whole process dragged on so I had to pull out
Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard admits he is still below the level of Ronaldo and Messi but, after a breakthrough season, is ready to thrill Chelsea’s fans
Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

The Everton and US goalkeeper was such a star at the World Cup that the President phoned to congratulate him... not that he knows what the fuss is all about
Match of the Day at 50: Show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition

Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

The show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition