September 18, 2020 5.33 pm This story is over 40 months old

Businessman jailed for killing his councillor wife

He strangled his wife to death and fled the scene

By Local Democracy Reporter

A 54-year-old man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for the murder of his wife Joanne Hamer, a local councillor in North Lincolnshire.

Ian Hamer, of Main Street, Worlaby, near Brigg, was convicted after the body of his wife Joanne, 48, a senior public health official for North Lincolnshire Council, was found at their home on Monday, May 6 2019.

A verdict was reached after a three-week trial at Hull Crown Court was concluded on Friday.

A post-mortem examination revealed that the cause of death was strangulation.

When Joanne’s body was found as part of the murder investigation, Ian wasn’t at the property.

He was later found in Barton and arrested before being charged shortly after.

Ian Hamer was described as a violent man who showed “no remorse” for the crime, with the court stating that Joanne had suffered mental and physical abuse from him.

Senior Investigating Officer for Humberside Police, Christine Calvert, said: “My thoughts remain with Joanne’s family and friends today and I want to thank them for their understanding and patience throughout the investigation and court proceedings.

“Joanne was a kind, loving Mother and wife who endured years of mental and physical abuse at the hands of her abusive husband.

“I hope today’s conclusion allows Joanne’s family to feel that some sense of justice has been achieved for their loved one.”