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Retired farmer, 89, ‘murdered wife, hid body in septic tank’ in 1982 to rekindle affair, court hears

An 89-year-old retired farmer has gone on trial accused of murdering his wife and hiding her body in septic tank so he could rekindle an affair with his mistress.

David Venables is alleged to have killed his wife Brenda, and hidden her remains in the tank at their home in Kempsey, Worcestershire, in May 1982.

He reported his wife, who was 48 at the time, missing, but no trace of her was found until nearly 40 years later when police found remains, including a skull, in a cesspit at their former farmhouse in July 2019.

A court heard that Venables told police she had been depressed, but detectives launched a murder probe after his nephew moved into the property and found her remains 37 years later.

David Venables, pictured here outside Worcester Crown Court on June 8, is accused of…


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