Man murdered wife in house fire

A father-of-five has been found guilty of murder after locking his wife in a room and setting fire to their home.

Alan Stead, of Meynell Fields, Loggerheads, in Staffordshire, denied killing his wife, Anita, in May 2002.

She died in a room he built in the garage of their home used to hide a computer game counterfeiting operation, Stafford Crown Court heard.

Stead, arrested after police agreed to reopen the case, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years.

Prosecutors alleged Stead wanted to kill his wife because she had told him she wanted a divorce...


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