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Burton man jailed for killing wife

A Burton man's been convicted of murdering his estranged wife and jailed for 19 years.

Phillip Gyde, a 59-year-old butcher, killed his wife Susan in the bathroom of their home in St Chad's Road in September 2018, following a row over the breakdown of their marriage.

Gyde then placed her body on a bed and phoned his family admitting what he had done, who alerted police.

When officers arrived, they found Gyde at the address, who calmly led them to his wife's body. Police also discovered the couple's then 12-year-old son unharmed and fast asleep in the house.

Following a two-week trial at Stafford Crown Court, he was found guilty of murder today.

The court heard that the couple, who had been together for 18 years, had become

estranged after the marriage failed. Susan, aged 52, died following an argument after Gyde discovered messages between her and another man.

He confronted her and threatened to throw her mobile phone down the toilet, the row continued into the bathroom, where Gyde claims he lost control and grabbed Susan round the throat.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Jason Everett, said: "Following the breakdown of their marriage, Phillip Gyde became jealous of his wife and following an argument over messages between her and another man, he reacted violently resulting in fatal consequences.

"The tragedy is that their young son was at home when she died and now has been left without his mother. Although today's outcome will never make up for this loss, I hope Susan's family can now start to rebuild their lives."

Susan's family paid the following tribute:

"We always knew that coming to terms with the loss of our sister Sue would not be made any easier regardless of the result of this trial.

"We feel that some of the evidence presented during the trial portrayed Sue as being promiscuous. In truth, anyone who knew Sue, will know that in fact she was a very caring, thoughtful and loyal person.

"She was a loving and devoted mother who absolutely adored her son.

"Her loss has left a huge gap in all our lives. It's incredibly sad that she will miss seeing her son grow up, and he will not have his mum's wisdom and love to guide him through his life. That is one of the most difficult things for us to come to terms with.

"At this time, we would like to thank Staffordshire Police, particularly our family liaison officer Mark Astle, for their continuous help and support during this ordeal.

"We would also like to thank our family and friends for their understanding, love and continued support."

Due to time already served, Gyde will serve a minimum of 18 years and 62 days.

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