Robert Lund Convicted Of Killing Wife For A Third Time
A British man has been convicted for the third time of killing his wife, whose decomposed body was found in a French lake almost two years after she disappeared.
The remains of Evelyn Lund were discovered in her car in Lake Bancalie some 22 months after she went missing from the French farmhouse she shared with her second husband Robert Lund in 1999.
Lund had already been convicted twice in connection with her death but appealed on a legal point and was again found guilty of a crime akin to manslaughter and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Had Lund been acquitted, he was expected to receive a pay-out from his late wife's life insurance policy. He would also have received half the value of the marital home in the remote village of Rayssac, south-west France, it is understood.
His second retrial, held at a court in the southern French town of Montauban, saw a number of witnesses come forward to describe Lund's violent treatment of his wife and his verbal cruelty towards her.
Jurors were also told of his "strange" and "peculiar" behaviour after his wife mysteriously disappeared on December 29, 1999. Preoccupied with money and his wife's will, he seemed far less concerned about the fact that she was missing, distraught family members said.
More than one broke down in tears before the jury as they described how the "tragedy" had affected them.
Earlier, Mrs Lund's brother, Gerard Wilkinson, sobbed as he told the court: "Evelyn's disappearance, not knowing where she was or what had happened, the discovery of the car and the body in the lake, the long investigation and the three trials has been very distressing and has placed an enormous strain on all the family."
Lund's decision to go for two retrials had only brought them further anguish, he said.
"In almost 12 years we have not been able to come to terms with this tragedy, we've been unable to grieve properly for Evelyn and we've been unable to get on properly with our lives," he added.