A man who strangled his wife before telling police he had come home to find she had killed herself has been sentenced to life in prison.
Lesley Potter, 66, was found dead at the home she shared with her husband Derek in Mumbles, Swansea, on 7 April.
Emergency services were told by Mr Potter that he had returned home after a brief outing to collect money to find his wife hanged.
The circumstances of Mrs Potter’s death were initially deemed to be non-suspicious.
But a trial at Swansea Crown Court heard suspicion fell on Mr Potter some three weeks later when he disclosed his role in the death during a conversation at the pub.
The court heard a witness contacted police on 28 April following the concerning conversation at the George Public House, telling officers: “He told me that she had not hung herself and that he had done it because he had enough of her.”
Potter was arrested two days later.
Despite pleading not guilty to killing his wife – insisting she had previously expressed her wish to kill herself, but that he had not played a part in her death – Derek Potter was convicted of murder and sentenced to life with a minimum of 17 years.
In a statement, Lesley Potter’s family said they now hope to grieve for the "cruel and untimely death of our mother".
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Darren George from South Wales Police’s Major Crime Team said Mr Potter went to "great lengths to try and disguise his horrific and callous crime and remained confident up to his conviction he could evade justice".