Life for dumb­bell killer

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A brute who blud­geoned his wife to death with a dumb­bell was jailed for life for mur­der.

Fran­cis San­thio bru­tally at­tacked Amelet Fran­cis at her home in To­ry­glen in Septem­ber, smash­ing her skull in sev­eral places.

At the High Court in Glas­gow Lord Turn­bull or­dered San­thio, who pled guilty, to serve at least 13 years and four months be­fore be­ing el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for pa­role.

The judge told San­thio, who has other con­vic­tions for do­mes­tic violence against Amelet:“De­spite this history you took her life by re­peat­edly hit­ting her on the head with a metal bar.

“You have shown no re­morse and have sought to blame oth­ers.”

Af­ter the sav­age killing San­thio claimed he was driven to do it be­cause his wife treated him“like a slave”.

The court heard the couple were mar­ried in 1989 but that San­thio (53) was es­tranged from his fam­ily.

He lived at a flat in Go­van while Amelet (49) stayed in To­ry­glen with their three sons.

On Septem­ber 4 the el­dest son an­swered a call from his fa­ther, say­ing some­thing had hap­pened to his mum. He added:“She can’t speak. There has been an accident.”The son rushed to the flat and dis­cov­ered the door un­locked.

Pros­e­cu­tor Bruce Er­roch said:“He saw his mother on her back on the floor. She was cov­ered in blood and suf­fer­ing from an ob­vi­ous head in­jury.”

Af­ter the mur­der 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.

On be­ing told his wife was dead, San­thio said:“She treated me like a slave. She re­tained my pass­port and kept my money.”

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

Sri Lankan San­thio showed no emo­tion as he was led away to be­gin his sen­tence.

Guilty

Fran­cis San­thio

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