Police have released the mugshot of a Halifax man who has been found guilty of murdering his new wife, Dawn Walker.
Thomas Nutt, 45, was found guilty of murdering Dawn – a 52-year-old grandmother – on Wednesday (August 10) following a trial at Bradford Crown Court. A jury returned a unanimous verdict after just a few hours of deliberation.
Dawn was found dead in a field near the couple’s home in Lightcliffe, near Halifax, in October last year. Suspicious neighbours found her body stuffed inside a suitcase and have told Yorkshire Live of the day they saw Nutt ‘acting suspiciously’ before they made the horror discovery.
Over the course of the trial, the jury heard Nutt killed Dawn some time between October 27 – the couple’s wedding day – and October 31 last year. Dawn’s body was found by a concerned neighbour who had agreed to go with Nutt to a nearby cemetery to ‘look for Dawn’ after he had reported her missing.
Nutt even decorated their house for Halloween after killing her. When questioned by a neighbour he told them that “Dawn was still in bed with a hangover”. He conducted a “ghastly charade” to hide his grisly crime and even led her daughter to believe that her own mum might still be alive.
Speaking after the jury returned its guilty verdict on Wednesday, Detective Inspector Amanda Wimbles of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, who led the investigation, said: “We welcome the verdict of the jury today and our immediate thoughts are of course with Dawn’s family who have shown such bravery and strength throughout the investigation and trial.
“They lost Dawn in such tragic circumstances shortly after her wedding and the whole family miss her dearly. They have had to deal with the cruel and callous manner in which Thomas Nutt disposed of her body, which is something that will always be with them.
“We hope that this guilty verdict for murder will provide at least some small measure of comfort to all those who loved her. We now await Thomas Nutt’s sentencing for the crime he has committed.” Nutt is due to be sentenced on Friday, August 19.