Life sentence for man who decapitating wife

Dempsey Nibbs

A man who decapitated his wife of 30 years and flushed her severed head down the toilet in an act of “grotesque savagery” will die behind bars.

Dempsey Nibbs, 69, became enraged after vivacious and caring Meals On Wheels worker Judith Nibbs, 60, taunted him as their relationship fell apart by saying she had been seeing other men.

A jury found Nibbs guilty of murder following an Old Bailey trial.

The Recorder of London Nicholas Hilliard QC jailed Nibbs for life with a minimum of 21 years.

Judith Nibbs
Judith Nibbs

He told him: “I’m sure you don’t regret your wife’s death, save for its effect on your own comfort and well-being.”

On the evening of April 10 2014, Nibbs attacked the mother of his two children at their flat in Hoxton, east London.

He knocked her out with an iron bar before cutting her head off, smashing it up with a mallet and disposing of the pieces in the lavatory.

Afterwards, Nibbs, who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, said he killed his wife because he thought she was a “snake” but jurors heard he had shown no signs of mental illness.


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