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Jon-Jaques Clinton jailed for murder of wife Dawn

Jon-Jaques Clinton
Image caption Jon-Jaques Clinton will serve at least 20 years in prison

A man who admitted murdering his wife, after changing his plea at a retrial, has been jailed for at least 20 years.

Jon-Jaques Clinton, 46, murdered wife Dawn in November 2010 at their home in Bracknell, Berkshire.

His conviction was quashed in January when judges ruled he could use the defence that he lost control after learning his wife was having an affair.

However, Clinton pleaded guilty on Monday during the first day of his retrial at Reading Crown Court.

Clinton, formerly of Inchwood, Bracknell, killed his estranged wife on 15 November, 2010.

In what was described as a "savage attack", he beat and strangled her before leaving her body lying on the living room floor.

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A post-mortem examination showed she died from head injuries and asphyxia.

Clinton then filled the house with gas fumes and threatened to take his own life.

Police evacuated nearby properties in case of an explosion and Clinton was eventually found and arrested inside the loft.

During the initial trial last year, the court heard he hacked into his 33-year-old wife's Facebook account and found evidence of a relationship with another man.

Mrs Clinton had left her husband a few weeks before her death and moved into her mother's home.

For admitting the murder, the defendant was given a mandatory life sentence with a minimum term of 20 years.

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