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British man beheads partner over 'eight men' affair claim, attempts to flush it

Published:Tuesday | April 12, 2016 | 4:56 AM
Crane driver Dempsey Nibbs, 69, was found guilty of killing 60-year-old Judith Nibbs during an argument at their flat in Hoxton, east London, over her extra marital affairs.

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A jealous husband beheaded his wife and attempted to flush it down the toilet after he found out she was seeing up to eight other men, it has been reported.

Crane driver Dempsey Nibbs, 69, was found guilty of killing 60-year-old Judith Nibbs during an argument at their flat in Hoxton, east London, over her extra marital affairs.

He was also found guilty of obstructing a coroner.

During a row on April 10, 2014, he battered the Meals On Wheels worker over the head with an iron bar for ruining his plans to retire by the sea.

The pair had never married, but regarded one another as husband and wife and she had taken his last name.

The court heard how Nibbs knocked her out with an iron bar before cutting her head off, and when he realised the head was too big to flush away, he smashed it up with a hammer as he attempted to dispose of the pieces in the lavatory.

Afterwards, Nibbs wrote a note to his 30-year-old son Kirk, who lived with the couple, and called 999 to say police would find two bodies at the property. They also had a daughter, Lauren, who was autistic and later went to live in a care home.

A police officer broke down the door when he saw Mrs Nibbs' headless body through the letterbox and bravely grappled a shotgun and knife from Nibbs as he attempted to stab himself in the bathroom.

PHOTO: Judith Nibbs

Nibbs, suffered from prostate and bladder cancer and had to wear a colostomy bag, said he killed his wife because he thought she was a 'snake' but jurors heard he had shown no signs of mental illness.

He told the jury that he hadn’t planned to kill his wife when he confronted her, but had armed himself with a metal bar in case there was a struggle because his illness had left him too frail to defend himself.

He said he had only meant to 'slap her around a bit' and it was only after she was dead that he cut her head off in anger because she 'betrayed' him.

But the jury rejected his claim of self-defence and found him guilty of murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams of the Homicide and Major Crime Command led the investigation. He said:

"Dempsey Nibbs believed his wife was having an affair and used this misplaced jealously to launch a ferocious and brutal attack on Judith.

"I am pleased that the court has found [him] guilty and I can only hope this verdict can bring some closure to Judith's family."

Nibbs will be sentenced at the same court at a date to be confirmed.