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Prout murder - family remembers Kate on anniversary

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

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RELATIVES of a murdered farmer's wife have finally had chance to remember her publicly on the fifth anniversary of her killing.

Kate Prout's husband Adrian strangled her at their Redmarley farm on November 5, 2007.

But it wasn't until he failed a lie detector test and led police to the spot where he'd buried her in woodland on November 19 last year that they were able to dig and recover her body for a proper burial.

Mrs Prout's brother Richard Wakefield told The Citizen:  "It's been another sad date for the family. Kate is always in our thoughts but even more so on the 5th of November, which will never be forgotten.

"She is greatly missed but at least she was brought back to us and laid to rest. We are very grateful for that."

An in memoriam notice placed in The Citizen on the anniversary of her death said: "Kate (Prout) greatly missed, deeply loved, never forgotten."

The Citizen revealed last year that Adrian Prout, who was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years in February 2010, failed a lie detector test which his then-fiance Debbie Garlick pressed for because she believed he was innocent.

But when he failed the test she told Gloucestershire Constabulary, who took him to woodland next to his Redhill Farm, Redmarley property.

After a dig lasting four days, Kate Prout's remains were found.

Prout, who maintained his innocence throughout his trial at Bristol, admitted to police that he'd strangled her in a argument over how their £1.3million farm would be split up in their divorce.

He waited five days before reporting her missing, five years ago tomorrow(November 10), and it sparked a massive search involving around 100 officers who combed fields, woodland, buildings and lakes.

He was convicted of murder despite no evidence of her being found, dead or alive.

A police statement from Prout read at the inquest in to her death revealed he "snapped" during an argument because Kate threatened to humiliate him amidst an acrimonious divorce.

He strangled her with his right hand and killed her, then poured himself a glass of whisky, wrapped Kate's body in a curtain, put it in the back of his Land Rover and went to the pub. On returning, he drove to a pheasant pen in Cobhill Rough, dug a hole with a shovel and buried her body. It lay undetected for just over four years.

An unlawful killing verdict was recorded.

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