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Andrew Leigh guilty of murdering estranged wife Luan Leigh

Andrew Leigh Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Andrew Leigh had been unable to accept the end of his relationship, police said

A man who drugged his estranged wife with sleeping pills before strangling her has been found guilty of murder.

Andrew Leigh, 43, had denied killing wife Luan, 42, at her home in Pype Hayes, Birmingham, on 29 June.

But a Birmingham Crown Court jury convicted the telecoms engineer after a week-long trial.

Leigh, of Kennedy Close, Sutton Coldfield, was also found guilty of attempting to murder two children, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

He is due to be sentenced on Friday.

Police said Leigh had been unable to accept the end of his marriage to Mrs Leigh, after they had separated a year earlier.

He had "invited himself" round for dinner at the couple's former marital home on the night of the murder, they added.

It was there, police said, Leigh drugged his wife before strangling her in an upstairs bedroom at the house in Woodlands Farm Road.

He had told police and Mrs Leigh's family he had discovered her dead body in bed.

But a post-mortem examination found she had died from "compression to the neck", and toxicology tests revealed nytol was present in her system, police said.

Empty packets of the drug were also found next to her body, they added.

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