Man strangles wife to death months after daughter’s birth before sick Facebook plea

A man who strangled his wife to death with his bare hands then left their baby in bed while he dumped her half-naked body in the woods has been jailed.

Matthew Fisher, 30, beat and strangled his wife of six years Abi, 29, at their home just six months after she gave birth to their daughter after undergoing three rounds of IVF.

He then lied to police and said he’d woke up to find she was missing and claimed she’d been upset the night before because she was due to return to work as a teacher.

But officers found his vehicle had been driven away from their home when he claimed to be asleep, his sentencing hearing was told today as he was jailed for a minimum of 15 years.

He eventually told a psychiatrist Abi had fallen down the stairs and when he went to check on her, he ‘lost it’ when she told him he wanted to leave him and smothered her with a t-shirt.

However, the court heard a pathologist didn’t find his admission accounted for the full spectrum of blunt force trauma injuries she suffered to her face, skull and abdomen.

Abi, a primary school teacher, was reported missing from her house in Castleford, West Yorks., at 10.27am on Saturday, July 9.

Her husband posted to Facebook just moments later: “Has anyone seen Abi? If you have can you please let me know or get her to give me a ring?”

Leeds Crown Court heard today (Thurs) that Fisher, who previously pleaded guilty to Abi’s murder, drove her dead body and dumped her in woods he played in as a child.