Man ad­mits wife mur­der

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Court re­porter

A killer blud­geoned his wife to death with a dumb­bell – later moan­ing she had been treat­ing him “like a slave”.

Fran­cis San­thio bru­tally at­tacked Amelet Fran­cis at her home in To­ry­glen, Glas­gow in Septem­ber this year.

The couple’s el­dest son later made the grim dis­cov­ery of his mother’s blood soaked body.

The ex-farmer was held by po­lice soon af­ter making a tear­ful con­fes­sion to an­other of his chil­dren that he had hit his 49 yearold wife.

The 53-year-old now faces life in jail af­ter he pled guilty to a mur­der charge at the High Court in Glas­gow.

A judge heard how San­thio had pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for do­mes­tic abuse against tragic Amelet.

San­thio was re­manded in cus­tody and will be sen­tenced just be­fore Christ­mas.

The court heard how the couple had been mar­ried since 1989, but that San­thio was lat­terly es­tranged from his fam­ily.

He lived at a flat in the city’s Go­van while Amelet stayed in To­ry­glen with their three sons.

On the morn­ing of the mur­der – Septem­ber 4 – San­thio was clocked ap­proach­ing his wife at mass at a lo­cal church.

Later in the day, their el­dest son got a call at work to say some­thing had hap­pened to his mum.

He im­me­di­ately called her home and his fa­ther an­swered stat­ing: “She can’t speak – there has been an accident.”

Their son rushed to the flat and dis­cov­ered the door un­locked.

De­scrib­ing the hor­ror he even­tu­ally found in a bed­room, pros­e­cu­tor Bruce Er­roch said: “On look­ing through the door, he saw his mother on her back on the floor.

“She was cov­ered in blood and suf­fer­ing from an ob­vi­ous head in­jury.

“He im­me­di­ately thought she was dead and did not fully en­ter the room.”

The son in­stead di­alled 999, but paramedics could not save his mum.

Af­ter the killing, an emo­tional San­thio turned up at the school of one of his other sons.

He told him Amelet had fallen af­ter he hit her and that she “could not get back up”.

San­thio was soon de­tained by po­lice near the scene. On be­ing told his wife was dead, he whined: “She treated me like a slave. She re­tained my pass­port and kept my money.”

The court also heard that, while on re­mand, the killer called his daugh­ter, who had not heard from him for two years.

He ad­mit­ted he had got “an­gry” with Amelet and smacked her on the head with a weight.

A blood-stained dumb­bell was dis­cov­ered at the mur­der scene on the kitchen floor.

Mr Er­roch told the court Amelet suf­fered “mul­ti­ple frac­tures to the skull” con­sis­tent with be­ing hit with a “heavy ob­ject”.

Sri-Lankan San­thio al­ready had a num­ber of con­vic­tions be­fore the mur­der in­clud­ing “in­stances of do­mes­tic abuse” to­wards his wife.

Judge Lord Turn­bull de­ferred sen­tenc­ing for re­ports un­til later this month.

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