A man who killed his wife with a hammer before calling 999 to say he had "murdered his missus" has been jailed for life.
John Garner, 51, was handed a life term and will spend at least 22 years in prison for the murder of Teresa Garner at their home at Llys Dewi, in Flintshire, North Wales, on October 24 last year.
During the trial at Mold Crown court, the jury heard that Garner killed his partner and then rang 999, telling the operator he had "murdered his missus".
Teresa Garner had 16 separate head wounds and was discovered when officers arrived at the house to find the defendant drunk, reports North Wales Live.
Garner told the court he had no recollection of killing his partner or dialing 999.
Prosecuting barrister John Philpotts said it was a "sustained and ferocious attack" which began on the landing of the house but ended in the bathroom.
North Wales Police attended the scene in October 2018 soon after the 999 call to find a blood-stained Garner, who appeared drunk, with officers later finding a bloodied hammer in a nearby garden.
Garner admitted killing Ms Garner in the bathroom of the house they shared at Llys Dewi in Penyffordd on October 24, but he denied murder.
The prosecution said the "countdown" to her death began after he heard she was in contact with a man she was with 17 years ago- the father of her daughter, Stuart Jones.
Garner had been drinking heavily for days and only learned what he had done when his solicitor visited him in a police station.
Evidence showed Ms Garner had been attacked at the top of the stairs and the attack continued into the bathroom where she was later found by police with "catastrophic and fatal" head injuries.
Garner was reported to have told an inspector and custody nurse "I know what I have done" and "I can only be pushed so far and everybody has a breaking point."
A statement by construction site manager Darren Jones, who was working nearby, said he heard an argument break out between a man and a woman and then the female emitted a “shrill” noise lasting about four seconds before going quiet.
A dog that had been barking also went quiet.
A victim statement from Teresa's son Rhys Garner, 11, was read to the court. He has an older sister Kim, and a younger brother, Lewis.
"We miss our mum every day . She was a lovely mum. John Garner has taken our mum away from us in a horrible way and I hate him for that.
"If we had one wish it would be to have her back with us.
"Our lives will never be the same again because we have to live it without our mum."
Garner cried in the dock with his head bowed during the sentencing.
Judge Rowlands said: "It was in any view a cowardly, brutal and sustained assault on a defenceless woman.
"Not a day goes by without them missing and thinking about their mother. The family has been split.
"No one could fail to be moved by their loss."
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