Man who strangled and dismembered wife after frozen chips row jailed for life

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A husband who murdered his estranged wife after she left frozen chips out has been jailed for life.

Thomas McCann, 49, strangled his childhood sweetheart Yvonne after a row about a £3 bag of frozen chips left out of the freezer, Manchester Crown Court heard.

McCann then used a Stanley knife and tree lopper to cut up the body of the mum-of-four, stopping to send and reply to text messages to their children in a ruse pretending their mum was still alive.

He will serve a minimum term of 13 years and four months in jail.

Passing sentence, Alan Conrad QC told McCann: "Your actions after the killing amount to serious aggravating factors.

"The defence suggest a combination of self-interest and panic, but what you did makes a terrible case even more horrific and even more upsetting to those concerned.

"Yvonne McCann was a woman with a great deal to live for and a great deal to look forward to when her life was so cruelly cut short by you."

During interviews with police McCann told officers he identified as movie cannibal "Hannibal Lecter" as he admitted killing his estranged wife.

He said: "I killed my wife and disposed of her like garbage," adding he "lost control and could not stop".

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