Chilling CCTV footage shows the moment a killer husband hauls a suitcase containing his bride’s body across a field.
Cold-hearted Thomas Nutt, 46, is seen in the footage hurriedly dragging the wheeled suitcase out of the home he shared with Dawn Walker, whose body he had stuffed inside.
Just days earlier, he had callously strangled her on their wedding night hours after they exchanged vows.
The court heard he kept her body in a cupboard while he went on holiday, then broke her bones to stuff her body into a suitcase.
CCTV footage released by police after he was jailed for life today shows Nutt then returning to the garden to try to cover the wheel tracks up in the mud.
Her body was later found near a child’s play park by neighbours who were searching for Dawn after Nutt had reported her missing.
Other CCTV footage released by West Yorkshire Police shows Dawn – still in her wedding dress – return from the pub with Thomas where they had celebrated their nuptials.
It was the last time she was seen alive as Nutt beat and strangled her to death that night.
He then darted off to Skegness to enjoy what should have been their honeymoon alone before returning to ‘dump her body like rubbish’, Bradford Crown Court heard.
He was today branded ‘the most selfish person I know’ by Dawn’s heartbroken youngest daughter as he was jailed for life at the court after being found guilty of murder.
Speaking after sentencing, detective inspector Amanda Wimbles of West Yorkshire Police said: “Dawn Walker’s family have been left absolutely devastated by her death in such violent circumstances.
“This has been a dreadful crime, especially given the couple had only recently married.
“The prosecution and police rejected Nutt’s admission of manslaughter and always believed murder was the offence he should rightly stand trial for.
“Our thoughts continue to be with Dawn’s family, who have shown great dignity and strength through what has understandably been a devastating time for them.
“No verdict or sentence will bring Dawn back to her family. I hope however, that in getting justice they can begin to move forward with their lives.
“We encourage any victims of domestic abuse or coercive and controlling behaviour to come forward and report it to one of our specialist Safeguarding officers, who will listen and provide the necessary support.”
In a statement, read out in court, Dawn’s eldest daughter Codie said: “Losing our mother, sister, daughter, nanna and auntie has had a huge impact on our lives.
“There are no words to describe how it feels for us every single day, waking up knowing what this person did to her, it is truly heart breaking for each and every one of us.
“We will have to live with his actions for the rest of our lives. Could we have done more to protect her from him? I pray he is never allowed to do this to another family.
“Today he is finally held accountable for his actions, and he is never allowed to abuse, manipulate or take away the life of another woman.”