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Greedy wife gets life for murder
Tatjana Edwards (picture from Surrey Police)
Tatjana Edwards thought her husband-to-be was a millionaire
A former prostitute who murdered her elderly husband after finding he was not wealthy has been jailed for life.

Tatjana Edwards, 27, was found guilty of killing Gwyn Edwards, 72, at their home in Ottershaw, Surrey, at London's Southwark Crown Court.

She had admitted stabbing him, but said it was an accident which had happened as she tried to commit suicide.

Passing sentence, Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC, said she would have to serve a minimum of 12 years in jail.

He told the weeping defendant: "This was hardly a marriage made in heaven.

"You first met your husband while you worked in a massage parlour and he was a client.

"You lived with him rather less than two years, during which time you took every penny off him you could, and when you could get no more you took his life away."

Forced into prostitution

He said she "falsely accused" her late husband of abusing her and being violent, and showed "precious little evidence of either remorse or contrition" for an "unprovoked" attack.

The 13-day trial heard Estonian-born Tatjana Plotnikova arrived in Britain in 2002 as a student but was raped and forced into prostitution.

At a London brothel, she set out to snare Mr Edwards, who hinted he was a multi-millionaire, the trial was told.

Gwyn Edwards (picture from Surrey Police)
Mr Edwards met his future wife while she was working in a brothel

After the couple were married, the court heard she made endless demands for cash, clothes, luxuries and numerous trips abroad.

But she complained endlessly about the marketing consultant's "boring" life, personal habits and broken promises.

Gwyn Edwards was killed during a row last June when she stabbed him with a kitchen knife, the trial heard.

After Friday's sentencing, Det Ch Insp Helen Collins said: "We are pleased with the jury's verdict and the sentencing reflects the seriousness of the crime.

"The thoughts of the Surrey Police investigation team are with Mr Edwards' family and we hope that this verdict will be of some comfort to them."

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