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Peter Dansie, who drowned disabled woman in the pond, is imprisoned for at least 25 years

Grub who drowned his disabled wife in a pond because he wanted to have sex with another woman is imprisoned for at least 25 years

  • Peter Dansie, 71, was found guilty in December of the murder of his wife Helen
  • He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum conditional release of 25 years
  • Justice David Lovell described killing as an “evil and despicable act”

A Adelaide man who killed his wheelchair-bound wife by pushing her into a pond has been imprisoned for at least 25 years.

Peter Rex Dansie, 71, was found guilty in December of the murder of his 67-year-old wife Helen by pushing her wheelchair into a pond in Veale Gardens, in Adelaide Park, in 2017.

Justice David Lovell described the murder as “evil” and said that Dansie had shown no remorse.

Peter Rex Dansie, 71, killed his wife Helen, 67, in the Adelaide parks in 2017

Peter Rex Dansie, 71, killed his wife Helen, 67, in the Adelaide parks in 2017

“This was a hair-raising, planned murder of a person whose fault it was to trust you,” the judge said.

During his trial, the court heard that Dansie told the police that he briefly climbed into the pond after his wife fell but came out to call a triple zero.

Dansie said he was trying to keep her head above water and maneuvering her to the edge of the pond in a failed rescue attempt.

But prosecutors argued that it was no coincidence that Mrs. Dansie’s wheelchair ended up in the pond and that her husband’s story was unbelievable.

Helen Dansie drowned in the pond in 2017, her husband made no attempt to save her

Helen Dansie drowned in the pond in 2017, her husband made no attempt to save her

Helen Dansie drowned in the pond in 2017, her husband made no attempt to save her

Dansie will serve the mandatory main sentence of life in prison, with Justice Lovell setting a non-conditional period of 25 years.

Dansie has received permission to appeal his conviction with a hearing in May.

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