A woman has described how a former lover who murdered her "gentle giant" husband and burned his body on a bonfire in West Yorkshire had robbed her family of "a most wonderful husband, father and grandad".
Kenneth Bill, 63, was found guilty of murdering former police officer John Hay, 61, by a jury at Bradford Crown Court. The trial heard how Mr Hay's wife, Carol, had a relationship with Bill about 40 years ago.
Prosecutors said the defendant became convinced this relationship could be rekindled if her husband was out of the way.
Bill posed as a potential customer of builder Mr Hay and attacked him at an industrial unit in Meltham, near Huddersfield, in March.
He burned Mr Hay's body and set up an elaborate attempt to convince the deceased's family that he had committed suicide, leaving his victim's van at the Humber Bridge, near Hull. Mr Hay's body has never been found.
The jury heard Mrs Hay, now 62, had a five-year relationship with Bill in the early 1970s. She started to see him again last year but quickly realised this was a mistake, the court was told.
In a statement released after the trial, Mrs Hay said: "I am so relieved that justice has been done and Ken Bill has been found guilty of this horrific crime.
"Not only has he wrecked the lives of my family, robbing us of a most wonderful husband, father and grandad, he has also surely devastated his own family's lives. "
Bill, of Upper Hagg Road, Thongsbridge, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, will be sentenced on tomorrow.