Man who killed wife and buried her in shallow grave is jailed

Thomas Flanagan
Thomas Flanagan
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A MAN who killed his wife and then buried her in a shallow grave in his back garden - leaving her there for nearly a month - has been jailed.

Thomas Flanagan, 57, of Wigan Road, Leigh, pleaded guilty to manslaughter when he appeared before Manchester Crown Court today (December 12).

He was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Flanagan and his wife Elaine, 57, lived a fairly isolated life at their marital home on Wigan Road. During the day on Friday 25 July 2014, the couple had a heated argument about a credit card. When interviewed later by police, Flanagan claimed his wife turned violent and slapped him, causing him to retaliate and grab her around the throat, pinning her up against the kitchen wall.

She then crumpled to the ground and Flanagan believed he had killed her. However, rather than call for an ambulance he began drinking vodka, leaving his wife dead on the kitchen floor.

Flanagan left his wife there on the floor for a few days until the body began to smell.

He then dragged her outside into the back garden and lay her in a ditch where they had once attempted to dig out a small fish pond.