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Bristol man Nirmal Gill jailed for 17 years for murdering wife

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Image caption Rosemary Gill had been repeatedly struck around her head with a metal dumbbell

A former soldier who murdered his wife after discovering she was having an affair with her ex-husband has been jailed for 17 years.

Nirmal Gill, 49, used a metal dumbbell to repeatedly hit his spouse Rosemary, 48, around the head at their Bristol home.

The "revenge" attack came after a private investigator, hired by Gill, uncovered the affair last July.

He denied murder but a jury at Bristol Crown Court found him guilty.

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Image caption Nirmal Gill was sentenced to 17 years at Bristol Crown Court

During a four-week trial, the court was told the private investigator fitted a tracking device to Mrs Gill's car which regularly sent text updates of her location to her suspicious husband.

It is alleged the firm relayed Mrs Gill's location to Gill, who discovered she was having an affair with her ex-husband, Andrew Cooper.

In a "revenge" attack at their home in St Werburghs, Gill used a dumbbell to strike his wife about the head at least 12 times.

Her naked and bloody body was discovered by the couple's 19-year-old daughter Jasmine, who had been sleeping in the next door room, eight hours after she died.

Gill, a factory worker, claimed he could not remember the fatal event after taking a cocktail of prescription drugs and alcohol.

He admitted manslaughter through a loss of control but denied murdering his wife.

But the jury at Bristol Crown Court unanimously agreed he was guilty after two hours of deliberations.

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