Victorian wife killer to appeal conviction

Posted on 04/25/2020

David Whitelegg is appealing against his conviction and sentence for murdering his wife (file).A former British army major jailed for 18 years for strangling his wife and leaving her body in their Victorian home for days says he will appeal his conviction.

Murderer David Whitelegg told the Victorian Supreme Court he planned to appeal his conviction for killing 59-year-old Anne Whitelegg in September 2014.

Whitelegg was jailed in 2016 for a minimum 14 years after pleading guilty to her murder, but he told the court on Monday he was unfit to have entered a plea.

He appeared in court via video link during an application for compensation by Ms Whitelegg’s son.

In October, Whitelegg told the court he was feeling “very psychologically fragile” over the anniversary of his former wife’s death and his terminally ill mother.

Whitelegg claimed in 2016 to have killed his wife with his bare hands during an argument.

However experts found her injuries were more consistent with a buckled belt.

The Supreme Court was previously told Whitelegg had been battling mental health issues and his wife had talked about leaving him.

He suffered mental trauma after deployments in the Gulf War, Bosnia and Kosovo in the 1990s and early 2000s, and become increasingly delusional in the lead up to the killing.

He murdered his wife on September 18, 2014 and then set about organising his affairs, before trying to take his own life.

Whitelegg phoned a funeral parlour about three days after the killing and said his wife had died unexpectedly.

When police found her body on the kitchen floor of their Wallan home, he told them she had fallen ill.

Justice Jane Dixon is expected to consider the compensation matter on April 27.

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