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Andrew Griggs jailed for murdering pregnant wife Debbie

Andrew Griggs jailed for murdering pregnant wife Debbie

Andrew Griggs was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court
A man who murdered his pregnant wife and disposed of her body in 1999 has been jailed for a minimum of 20 years.The body of Debbie Griggs, who disappeared without trace from the family home in Deal, Kent, on 5 May 1999, has never been found.Sentencing Andrew Griggs at Canterbury Crown Court, His Honour Justice Robin Spencer said it was likely the keen sailor had "dumped her body at sea".Griggs, 57, of St Leonards in Dorset, was convicted on Monday.Jurors rejected his claims that his wife, then aged 34, had walked out on him and their three young sons.
"Only you know how you killed her and where you disposed of her body," Justice Spencer told Griggs.He said Griggs knew the coast "like the back of his hand" and would have "weighed her body down so it sunk like a stone".
Debbie Griggs was devoted to her three sons, the jury heard
Justice Spencer said Mrs Griggs was "an adored and adoring mother of three little boys," adding: "They were her life, she would never have left them."He told Griggs by murdering his wife, who was four and half months pregnant, he had also "killed her unborn child".Mrs Griggs's mother died of a "broken heart" in January just weeks before Griggs was charged, her father told the court."I know she longed to know where Debbie was," Brian Cameron said.
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The court heard Mrs Griggs believed her husband was having a "sexual relationship" with a 15-year-old girl and would have been entitled to half of the family's fishmonger business if they divorced.Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC said: "The murder was committed to avoid the consequences, both in terms of the financial impact that divorce would otherwise have had, but also in the context of the illegal relationship that the defendant was engaged in at the time."
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