Strangler’s big bun­gle

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

A hus­band who killed his wife and staged a fake sui­cide al­most got away with mur­der — but boasted to a fel­low builder in a pub days be­fore the body was due to be cre­mated.

Po­lice bun­gled the in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter car­pen­ter Derek Pot­ter, 64, stran­gled Les­ley, 66, his wife of 26 years.

They ac­cepted his claim that she hanged her­self in their spare bed­room. He would have got away with the killing but con­fided to Natalia Mikhailoea-Kis­se­levskaia, 32, in the pub: “I love my wife very much but she was do­ing my head in so I had to stran­gle her.’”

Pot­ter was found guilty of mur­der and jailed for a min­i­mum of 17 years.

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