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Husband poisons his wife with sleeping pills and strangles her in bed after she hooking up with new boyfriend

By Mason White 4:39 PM December 22, 2014
Andrew Leigh and Luan Leigh 

By: Feng Qian
A husband was arrested, charged and convicted of murder after killing his wife because she asked for a divorce, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

According to the police investigation, the husband drugged and then strangled his wife at their home in Erdington, Birmingham.

A jury at the Birmingham Crown Court heard how 42-year-old Luan Leigh and 43-year-old Andrew Leigh, had been in a relationship for 22 years, before she wanted to divorce.

Andrew Leigh was unable to accept this and tried on a number of occasions to reconcile with his wife, but to no avail. One day, Andrew Leigh purchased some sleeping tablets and then visited the family home.

Having administered the sleeping pills to incapacitate his wife, he later strangled her in bed. He then waited several hours before calling an ambulance, telling them that she had passed out in her sleep.

When paramedics arrived at the house, they found the body of Luan Leigh in the bedroom. Suspecting foul play, they called the police and Leigh was arrested at the scene.

He was charged with murder.

“Andrew Leigh’s motivation for murdering Luan was jealousy. She had rejected his efforts to reconcile and he heard that she had met a new partner. He decided to take revenge,” Emily Lenham, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said.

During the police investigation and prosecution of the case, the defendant lied repeatedly in order to cover up the crime that he had committed.

He initially maintained that his wife had died of natural causes, but later changed his account by saying that her death had been an accident.

The jury rejected his explanations and found him guilty of murdering Luan. Andrew Leigh has been sentenced to serve at least 25 years in prison.