Man strangled wife to death before going to pub to drink and take cocaine

A "controlling and manipulative" husband has been jailed for life after strangling his wife with the cord of her dressing-gown.

Ian Hamer went straight to a pub after killing Joanne, his wife of 27 years, and was identified on CCTV in a pub drinking, "laughing and joking" and taking cocaine.

Footage from the CCTV even shows him him taking off his wedding ring.

Joanne Hamer was found lying partially clothed on a bed at their home in Worlaby, North Lincolnshire, in May last year.

Hamer, 54, admitted manslaughter but denied murder, saying his mental state at the time was such that he did not understand what he was doing.

Hamer was convicted following a three-week trial at Hull Crown Court and jailed for life with a minimum term of 22 years.

The jury heard the couple's marriage had deteriorated due to his behaviour.

Jason Pitter QC, prosecuting, told jurors earlier in the trial: "He was somebody who was controlling and manipulative.

"He was also, as part of that, very jealous and possessive.”

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Hamer controlled what his 48-year-old wife wore, checked up on her, monitored her activity on social media, and accused her of having affairs.

One psychiatrist giving expert testimony told the court Hamer grew "obsessional" with the idea that Joanne was having an affair and would go to lengths to prove his suspicions, often checking her phone and watching her.

Dr Oyebode said Hamer had made a claim to him about Joanne "taunting him", allegedly telling him she had been seeing other men who were "bigger than him".

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But it was later revealed Hamer had been texting another woman just days before his wife’s death and had arranged to meet to "provide her with jewellery”.

It also emerged during the trial that Hamer had previously had numerous affairs and one-night stands.

Hull Crown Court heard how both Hamer and his wife had made calls to the police and mental health services in the months running up to the incident.

Mrs Hamer told officers her husband was becoming paranoid and she believed he had either bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

Police attending one suspected domestic violence incident at the couple’s home found Hamer “intoxicated and unreasonable”.

Joanne told officers her husband was “was in a rage and foaming at the mouth.”

Mrs Hamer's calls were flagged by domestic violence co-ordinators as "medium risk”.

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