Man who killed wheelchair-bound wife by pushing her into pond jailed

A man has been sentenced to at least 25 years behind bars for the murder of his wheelchair-bound wife, who drowned after she was pushed into a pond in Adelaide.

Helen Dansie’s body and wheelchair were recovered from a pond in Veale Gardens, in the Adelaide parklands, in April 2017.

Her husband, Peter Rex Dansie, was arrested in 2017 and found guilty of her murder in December last year.


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During sentencing today, Justice David Lovell said Mr Dansie, 71, was motivated by wanting to pursue a relationship with another woman in China.

“This was a chilling, planned murder of a person whose mistake was to trust you,” Judge Lovell said.

He sentenced Mr Dansie to life in prison, with a non parole period of 25 years.

Helen’s cousin told reporters outside court that the family will always be heartbroken.

“Helen’s family and friends mourn her and the shocking manner of her death at the hands of a man desperate to control her money,” he said.

“Only time will heal that scar but Peter Dansie’s sentence, thoroughly deserved, might help to protect other vulnerable people.

“Helen suffered from failures in the system which were not there to help somebody of Helen’s triple vulnerability: a disability, age and gender.”

Dansie plans to appeal against his conviction at a hearing in May.

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