Husband gets five years for strangling wife

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A HUSBAND who strangled his unfaithful wife after eavesdropping through a window and discovering that she was having an affair was jailed for five years yesterday.

Mark Williams, 29, of Exeter, Devon, was convicted of manslaughter by reason of provocation. But a jury at Exeter Crown Court cleared him of murdering his wife, Beverly, 26, mother of their two children, at their home in Exeter, last December.

Williams strangled his wife after eavesdropping on her as she made three telephone calls to her lover, a fellow employee at Sainsbury's, where she worked as a shelf-filler.

Mrs Williams admitted to the affair when Williams confronted her. He 'lost control' and strangled her.