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Jail for Welling chef who killed wife after internet taunt

PUBLISHED: 16:54 06 October 2010

Adam Mann

Adam Mann

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A chef who battered his ex-wife to death after she taunted him on an internet site about reporting him to the Child Support Agency has been jailed for at least 24 years.

Adam Mann, 29, of Springfield Road, Welling, appeared at the Old Bailey on Monday to be sentenced for the murder of 30-year-old Lisa Beverley.

The court heard how Mann had left the body of Miss Beverley to be found at her home in Plumstead by their five-year-old son. He discovered his mother lying in a pool of blood with horrific wounds to her head, neck and chest.

She had been repeatedly bludgeoned over the head with a hammer, stabbed twice in the throat and nearly all her ribs had been broken.

The night before her death, Miss Beverley had updated her Facebook status to read: ‘Now who’s laughing? You have got done big time by the CS so now leave us alone for good. Your son hates you and so do I.’

Judge Paul Worsley said Mann had murdered his ex-wife to escape financial responsibility for his son.

He said: “This was a truly dreadful killing. I have no doubt you had decided to remove any future claim on your pocket by removing Lisa permanently.

“You left Lisa’s body to be discovered by her five year-old son. I doubt if he will ever truly be able to erase from his mind the sight of his mother lying bloodied and lifeless on the sitting room floor.

“In my judgement you have shown no flicker of remorse. I have come to the conclusion that society needs to be protected from you for a considerable period of time.”

Mann bowed his head in the dock as he heard the minimum term of 24 years announced.

Lisa’s father Stephen said in a statement: “Lisa was a loving mother, daughter and sister. To kill a mother of a five year-old child is beyond belief.

“He will never see his mother again. All he loved most has been taken away in one night.”

The court heard that on the night of September 15 Mann was caught on CCTV travelling towards her home in Coupland Place, Plumstead. He was arrested at his home the following day.

CCTV footage from his workplace also caught him throwing his freshly washed clothes from the night before into the bin.

During the trial Mann claimed his ex-wife had been killed by a mystery intruder before he arrived at the house to carry out a burglary.

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