A nurse who murdered his long suffering wife and tried to make it look like a car crash is beginning life behind bars.
Brent Mott, 32, strangled wife Kate, 35, at their home in Everard Road, Southport, in the early hours of January 21 this year in a row about their divorce.
On Wednesday, the Recorder of Liverpool, Henry Globe QC jailed him for a minimum of 25 years.
Mott, dressed in a blue suit and shirt, did not react on hearing his sentence.
The couple were in the final stages of their divorce when Mott "lost all self control" during an argument. The killer claimed that after returning from a night out, his wife attacked him with a peeler knife.
He told the court in trying to disarm her they fell on to the marble hearth of their fireplace and she banged her head. Mott, who worked with his wife at Southport Hospital, then strangled her with the pyjama top she was wearing.
Injuries to the side of the victim's head were caused by a weapon, a doctor concluded, and the ligature marks around her neck were caused by something else, the prosecution believe.
After killing her, Mott changed the mother-of-two's clothing and put her in their Ford Focus - with a bottle of vodka and pills she had been taking for her bad back. He drove to a farmer's field in nearby Scarisbrick where he superficially damaged the car and abandoned his wife's body.
The victim began divorce proceedings alleging he regularly sexually abused her, tried to watch her in the shower and was verbally abusive in front of their children Olivia, then aged three, and Lewis, 13 months. A post-mortem examination showed his semen was inside her.
He claimed that the day before he killed her, Mrs Mott suggested they enjoyed one "last fling" and had consensual, unprotected sex.