Adulterous minister 'murdered BBC make-up artist wife'

David Chenery-Wickens, 51, was described as a "sexual predator" who had the "clearest motive and the obvious opportunity" to kill his 48-year-old wife Diane, an award-winning artist who had worked on programmes including Dead Ringers, The League Of Gentlemen and Casualty.

Opening the case at his trial for her murder, prosecutor Philip Katz QC said Mrs Chenery-Wickens had discovered her husband was cheating on her and phoning adult men-only chatlines.

Although qualified as a spiritualist minister, he rarely worked, had mounting debts and relied financially on his wife, Mr Katz said. He had also untruthfully told friends that he and his wife were going through a divorce and that their home was on the market, he alleged...


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