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Man found guilty of plotting killing of wife in 1981

A man has been found guilty of plotting to murder his then-wife to start a new life with his lover more than 40 years ago in Bedfordshire.

Allen Morgan, 74, had been having an affair when his wife Carol was found hacked to death at the convenience store they both ran in Linslade, on 13 August 1981, his trial heard.

Morgan, of Brighton, was in an illicit relationship with his current wife Margaret Morgan, 75, but felt he could not divorce Carol because of financial issues, the prosecution said.

The killer, who has never been identified, used a heavy weapon to hack at Carol, causing fatal injuries to her body and skull, Luton Crown Court was told.

Morgan was unanimously convicted by a jury of conspiracy to murder.

He was on trial alongside his current wife, who was also charged with conspiracy to murder but was acquitted.

Morgan will be sentenced on 31 July.

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