KILLED OVER WEB AF­FAIR Builder gets life for stran­gling lover who tried to leave

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A PROP­ERTY de­vel­oper has been jailed for life for stran­gling his solic­i­tor girl­friend just hours af­ter she un­der­went a breast can­cer op­er­a­tion.

Lawyer Sian Rees told John Doyle she was leav­ing him af­ter he turned up drunk and late to pick her up from the lumpec­tomy op­er­a­tion – forc­ing her to drive home while still com­ing round from a gen­eral anaes­thetic.

When they got home, he first stabbed, then stran­gled her in a jealous rage.

Doyle set off to hide her body on Dart­moor but crashed his van on the way. Po­lice found a leather bra at her feet which he had used to stran­gle her.


Prop­erty de­vel­oper Doyle, 54, had been liv­ing with 50year-old Sian for 14 years.

He was jealous af­ter she started a in­ter­net af­fair with a den­tist in which she called her­self ‘Sindy Sox’.

She was al­ready fed up with his “drink­ing, lazi­ness and nag­ging” but the final straw came when she was left stranded at the Royal Devon and Ex­eter Hospi­tal hospi­tal be­cause he went drink­ing in­stead of pick­ing her up.

The cou­ple re­turned to their home at Hather­leigh, north Devon, but Doyle killed her be­fore she could even pack.

Doyle de­nied mur­der but was found guilty by a jury at Ex­eter Crown Court and jailed for life with a min­i­mum term of 16 years by Judge Gra­ham Cot­tle.

The judge told him: “It is quite clear you were driv­ing the de­ceased with a view to dis­pos­ing of the body and the in­crim­i­nat­ing items used in con­nec­tion with the mur­der

“I make clear that I con­sider your ac­tions af­ter the mur­der as ag­gra­vat­ing se­ri­ously the of­fence.”

STRAN­GLED: Sian’s body found in van

GUILTY: John Doyle

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