BRITISH pensioner Charlie Bevill-Warcup has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for beating his wife to death with a walking stick in Ciudad Quesada, Rojales.
Bevill-Warcup, 78, from Hull was found guilty of killing Rosemary Broadwell at their Costa Blanca home on September 14, 2014 and dumping her body before reporting her missing and keeping up the pretence for six months.
Rosemary’s decomposing remains were found in a shallow grave in nearby Algorfa on March 9, 2015 after Bevill-Warcup was arrested and confessed to the crime.
He protested his innocence in front of a jury at a court in Elche during a trial earlier this month.
State prosecutors and a prosecutor acting on behalf of Rosemary’s family demanded Bevill-Warcup be convicted of murder and sentenced to up to 20 years in jail.
He was found guilty of the lesser charge of homicide under Spanish law.
Rosemary, who was 76 at the time of her death and also from Hull, is understood to have been attacked in the kitchen of the couple’s home.
Bevill-Warcup confessed to the crime after his arrest and showed detectives where he had buried her.
Jurors heard he pretended to search for Rosemary the day after killing her before putting her body in the boot of his Seat Cordoba car and driving it to the spot where he buried her.
He reported her missing three days later, telling officers she had vanished after he dropped her off at a cashpoint and sparking the police investigation which eventually led to his arrest.
He is believed to have told a court where he was first questioned in a private hearing after his arrest that he was drunk when he attacked Rosemary.
Rosemary’s daughter Cheryl Webster was in Spain appealing for information on her mum’s whereabouts when she received the news her body had been found.
Jurors decided Bevill-Warcup’s fate on a 7-2 majority verdict and dismissed claims his behaviour was influenced by alcohol or a mental disorder.
It is not yet clear if his lawyer will appeal.