A spiritualist minister from East Sussex has been jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering his make-up artist wife.
David Chenery-Wickens, 52, of Duddleswell, denied murdering Diane, 48, and dumping her body. She went missing in January 2008.
He told Lewes Crown Court she had planned to disappear to escape financial and work worries.
Chenery-Wickens was told he would serve a minimum of 18 years in jail.
Mrs Chenery-Wickens' decomposed body was found in an area of woodland, thick with brambles, off Worth Lane, Little Horsted, near Uckfield, last May.
The prosecution was unable to say how, where and exactly when Mrs Chenery-Wickens died because of the length of time her body was exposed to the elements, but it said evidence pointed to her being murdered on 22 January last year.
You killed her, most probably by strangling her, though it's clear from the evidence that blood was spilt
It also emerged that blood was found on Mrs Chenery-Wickens's wedding and eternity rings, hidden in a box in the couple's bedroom.
Passing sentence, Judge Mr Justice Cooke said Chenery-Wickens repeatedly lied to his wife as he indulged in affairs with other women and men.
He also preyed on vulnerable people whom he deceived into parting with money.
Mr Justice Cooke said Chenery-Wickens had been a drain on Mrs Chenery-Wickens, who was the main breadwinner.
Speaking of the night of the murder, the judge said: "Whether it was a sudden loss of temper or in a controlled rage, you killed her, most probably by strangling her, though it's clear from the evidence that blood was spilt.
"You then disposed of the body either on that night or on 23 January, knowing it was unlikely that it would be seen for a long time or ever."
Speaking after the sentencing, Det Ch Insp Steve Johns, of Sussex Police, said: "David Chenery-Wickens created a false story about Diane's disappearance, and then thought he was clever enough to go on adapting it to try to match every new piece of information that we uncovered.
"The principal victim of his lies was, of course, Diane herself. But Diane's family and friends are victims too."
Mrs Chenery-Wickens's television credits included the BBC's Dead Ringers, The League Of Gentlemen and Casualty.
She won an Emmy in 2000 for Arabian Nights and received a Bafta nomination for Dead Ringers three years later.
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