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Man is guilty of 1983 wife murder
Frederick Boyle
Frederick Boyle arriving at the Victoria Supreme Court
A British expatriate has been found guilty of murdering his wife in Australia and hiding her body in a barrel for 23 years.

A jury at the Victoria Supreme Court in Melbourne found that Frederick Boyle shot his wife Edwina in the head before concealing her remains.

Boyle, 58, who emigrated from the Vale of Glamorgan in the early 1970s, will be sentenced later this month.

He had previously insisted that his wife had run off with another man.

Boyle hid his wife's body in a large barrel in his garage after Edwina Boyle disappeared in 1983.

It was discovered during a household clean-up by the couple's son-in-law in 2006.

During his trial the British migrant, originally from Peterston-super-Ely in the Vale of Glamorgan, admitted lying to detectives.

Valerie Bordley
Justice has now been done - I just feel so sorry for my nieces
Valerie Bordley, Edwina Boyle's sister

Boyle told the court that he had returned to his home in suburban Melbourne to find his wife shot dead and one of his ties around her neck.

He said he went to check on the couple's young daughters, Careesa and Sharon, and then "cried for hours".

He said he concealed her remains and did not tell the police because he was sure they would not believe his story. He told their daughters their mother had run off with another man.

Mrs Boyle's remains were found by their son-in-law in 2006 in a 44-gallon drum kept in the backyard of the family home at Carrum Downs, in Melbourne's outer southeast.

Boyle had claimed his wife had run off with a truck driver when she disappeared on 6 October, 1983.

During the trial the court heard Boyle had been having an affair in the months leading up to his wife's disappearance and his girlfriend moved in the next day.

It took the jury a day-and-a-half to find the former Cardiff bus driver guilty of murder. He was remanded in custody for sentencing in about two weeks.

After the case, Valerie Bordley, from Watford, who reported her sister missing in 1994, said she thought the case would never be solved.

Fred and Edwina Boyle and their daughters
The couple met working on the buses in Cardiff

Mrs Bordley said it had been a harrowing experience and she had hired private investigators and clairvoyants to find out what happened to her sister.

She said: "It's taken a big toll when you believe in something you just have to keep fighting - I needed to know what happened to my sister."

She said the worst thing for her was hearing how her sister's body was found.

"I just can't get that out of my head," she said.

"Justice has now been done - I just feel so sorry for my nieces."

The couple's daughters, who are now both in their 30s, did not comment on leaving the court.



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Valerie Bordley gives her reaction outside court



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