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Publican starts life sentence for murder

PUBLISHED: 16:58 19 June 2003 | UPDATED: 14:02 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK publican was jailed for life today for murdering his wife to avoid sharing the money from the sale of their country inn.

James Garside had boasted to one of his girlfriends, barmaid Theresa Lovejoy, that he would shoot his wife Marilyn, 54, "like a rabbit".

A SUFFOLK publican was jailed for life today for murdering his wife to avoid sharing the money from the sale of their country inn.

James Garside had boasted to one of his girlfriends, barmaid Theresa Lovejoy, that he would shoot his wife Marilyn, 54, "like a rabbit".

He told another barmaid he was going to kill Marilyn because he would only get half the £250,000 the pub was worth if he divorced her, the Old Bailey was told.

Mrs Garside was stabbed to death by Richard Bates, a man hired by Garside a few months after the couple sold the Cross Keys pub in the village of Redgrave, Suffolk.

Garside, 54, of Castle Acre Road, King's Lynn, Norfolk, and Bates, 50, a frozen foods nightshift worker, of Ullswater Avenue, King's Lynn, were both found guilty of murder and jailed for life.

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