An Australian man who drowned his disabled wife by pushing her wheelchair into a pond has been jailed.
Peter Rex Dansie, 71, murdered his wife Helen during a trip to a public garden in Adelaide on Easter Sunday 2017.
He waited until it was almost dark and most other people had left before shoving her in a pond. He briefly climbed into the water to make it look as though he'd tried to save her, before calling the police.
His story was called into question when it was discovered he'd left his watch and wallet behind in the car, which judge Justice David Lovell said showed "expectation on your part that you would be getting wet that night".
Helen, 67, was a former microbiologist who had used a wheelchair since the 1990s after having a stroke.
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The Supreme Court heard that Dansie no longer wanted to care for his ailing wife, and had been having online conversations with a woman in China he intended to have a relationship with.
When he admitted the affair to police, he claimed he'd gotten involved with the woman he met online because he was "bored".
He had booked plane tickets and the day before his flight, police searched his home and found a suitcase filled with condoms, Viagra, sex toys and lingerie.
"Helen, your loving and devoted wife for over 40 years, had simply become a burden to you," Justice Lovell said.
"This was a chilling, planned murder of a person whose mistake was to trust you."
Dansie was found guilty of her murder in December, and on Thursday was jailed with a non-parole period of 25 years. He's been granted leave to appeal against his conviction, with a hearing scheduled for May.
During sentencing, Justice Lovell described the killing as "evil" and said Dansie had shown no remorse.
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In a statement read to the court, Helen's son Grant Dansie said he hoped the case would result in a review of how the Australian government protects the rights of the most vulnerable.
He said there were "gaping holes in the system" which was intended to protect them.
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