|Bigamist Pierre Legris|
A man was arrested, charged and convicted of murder for killing his second wife, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.
Bigamist Pierre Legris, 61, was convicted of killing his 44-year-old wife following a trial at the Winchester Crown Court.
He faces at least 25 years in prison before being eligible for parole.
Pierre was also handed a three-year sentence to run concurrently after pleading guilty to bigamy and perverting the course of justice.
Pierre’s other wife, 66-year-old Irene Smith, was convicted of perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender, and was sentenced to three years in prison for both offenses. She was acquitted of conspiracy to murder.
Pierre’s and Irene’s son Jonathan Legris, 27, was found guilty of assisting an offender, but acquitted of conspiracy to murder. He was sentenced to two years in prison.
Nurse Rui Li was last seen alive at the Poole Hospital in her Porsche Boxster car.
The court heard that Pierre killed Li at their home on Burnham Road, Bournemouth, before wrapping her body in a plastic sheet and storing it in the back of a van.
Li’s body was in the van while her husband ate Sunday lunch with his family and went to a dance show in Watford arm-in-arm with Smith.
Later, Pierre went to the Bournemouth police station to report Li missing. That same day, Pierre moved Li’s body into the boot of a Fiat Punto owned by Jonathan Legris.
Jonathan Legris, following his father’s instructions, then drove the Punto containing his stepmother’s body to Verwood Crescent in Bournemouth.
A post mortem examination revealed that Li had died of a significant head injury.
Following the discovery, Pierre significantly changed his story to the police, claiming he had found her body at their house and in a panic, had placed her in the van.