Ian Stewart, who murdered his wife six years before killing his fiancee, has had his sentence to serve a whole-life order quashed.
Stewart, 61, killed his fiancee, 51-year-old children’s author Helen Bailey, in 2016 and dumped her body in the cesspit of the £1.5 million home they shared in Royston, Hertfordshire.
After Stewart was found guilty of her murder in 2017, police investigated the 2010 death of his wife Diane, 47. Detectives established that it was likely he had murdered her by strangulation rather than it being a natural death from an epileptic fit, as he claimed.
He was convicted of her murder in February and sentenced at St Albans Crown Court to a whole-life order, meaning he would die in prison.