A man has been found guilty of strangling his married lover and leaving her dead body on a bed, which he set on fire.
Stephen Streener was sentenced to life in prison and will serve at least 18 years for the murder of Jacqueline Grant, 48, in Choppington, Northumberland, last year.
Her badly burnt body was found by firefighters at Streener's house on Meadowbank Drive, where she had been living with him after leaving her marriage. Her husband Robert, who did not know about the affair, believed she was staying temporarily with a female friend.
On November 29, prosecutors said "something happened" which led to Streener beating her and strangling her with a cord, which he had tied to cabinets on either side of the bed. He set fire to the bed and left the house.
Later, he returned, and appeared to be "in shock". In court, he denied having anything to do with the murder.
Streener tried to claim Mrs Grant had been killed by a hitman hired by her husband and son. He said the murder had happened while he was not at home.
Northumbria Police said the killing was calculated, and the actions of a "very disturbing and dangerous man".
The family of Jacqueline Grant have released a statement saying she died at the hands of "a brutal monster".