Horrifying footage shows husband wheeling suitcase stuffed with wife's body after killing her on wedding night
WEST YORKSHIRE, UK: Thomas Nutt, who a few weeks ago was found guilty of murdering his wife Dawn Walker, has been sentenced to a minimum of 22 years in prison. The 46-year-old killed his 52-year-old wife just hours after exchanging vows in October last year. Dawn Walker’s body was discovered four days after the gruesome murder.
According to The Daily Mail, chilling CCTV footage was released by the West Yorkshire Police where the accused can be seen dragging the suitcase after stuffing her body on the night of the murder. The publication revealed that Thomas Nutt stored her body in a cupboard before stuffing it into a suitcase. The body of Dawn Walker was later earlier dumped in the bushes behind their home.
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‘Dawn Walker died because you are a bully’
The murder case trial in Bradford Crown Court heard that Nutt, who hails from Lightcliffe, near Halifax broke the leg of her wife in order to fit her corpse into the suitcase. The CCTV footage also showed Thomas and Walker walking in their wedding outfits while returning from the pub where they celebrated their nuptials. Judge Jonathan Rose, while sentencing Thomas Nutt said, “It remains a mystery why you killed this woman who you had married only hours before you took her life”.
She continued, “The impact of the sudden and violent death of this woman, at what should have been a time of very great happiness, will inevitably be substantial on those closest to her." Judge Jonathan Rose added, “Dawn Walker died because you are a bully used to controlling and manipulating women. I am quite sure you dominated her with your controlling behavior and this culminated in unjustifiable violence on October 27, as a consequence which she lost her life at your hands.” Dawn Walker was last seen alive by the taxi driver who took the duo back to their home on the day of their wedding i.e., October 27, 2021.
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‘This man made her feel worthless’
Thomas Nutt had initially blamed his wife’s disappearance on her mental health. He cleverly sent them false text messages convincing her youngest daughter to help him in finding her all while knowing she was dead. In the CCTV footage, Thomas Nutt after dragging the suitcase can be seen returning to the garden to clean the tyre marks from the mud.
The body of Dawn Walker was found near a child's park by neighbors who were searching for her after Nutt had reported her missing. Thomas Nutt had earlier told the cops that they had gone on honeymoon to Skegness, however, Judge Jonathan Rose claimed there was no evidence supporting his statements. According to The Daily Mail, Walker's sister Lisa claimed that Nutt manipulated his victim and isolated her from family for three years “before his ungodly hands took her away from us forever.” She further told the court, “I mourn for my sister who suffered so much and felt like she had nobody to turn to because this man made her feel worthless.”
In a statement read out in court, Dawn Walker's eldest daughter Codie said, “There are no words to describe how it feels for us every single day, waking up knowing what this person did to her, it is truly heartbreaking for each and every one of us. I pray he is never allowed to do this to another family.”