Life for dumbbell killer
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.