A murderer calmly told police "I’m supposed to be going out to get some baccy" as they arrested him for killing his partner.
Chilling footage shows the exchange after Owen Pellow, 43, had told officers his girlfriend Lisa-Marie Thornton had "done herself in" – when in fact he had stabbed her 39 times.
Pellow was still on the phone to a 999 call handler when police arrived at the door of the home he shared with Lisa-Marie, 36.
Footage from a body-worn camera showed a dazed-looking Pellow opening the door and telling officers: "I’m Owen."
When told to ‘step out’ of the house in Burnham-on-Sea, North Somerset, Pellow told them: "I don’t want to."
On the day of the murder, Pellow phoned police just before 7.30am and told them that Lisa was dead.
He said she had killed herself and that no ambulance was required.
He told the 999 operator: "My ex-partner has suicided. She has stabbed herself multiple times in the chest, throat, whatever."
Standing at the door, Pellow told detectives: "She’s done herself in. She’s striking herself, three, five, nine…."
He then said: "I had to put her in the bed. She’s my love."
The bizarre conversation took place at 7am on November 23, 2017, after Pellow had downed a bottle of whiskey and six bottles of cider.
An officer then said: "At the moment I don’t know what’s happened, so I’m arresting you on suspicion of murder."
Pellow then shockingly replied: "Oh, please. I’m supposed to be going to get some baccy, before you guys were coming."
He then speaks into the phone, telling the call handler: "Apparently he’s now, like, messing me about."
Police found Lisa on a mattress in an extremely cluttered room, wearing a cardigan that was heavily blood-stained around the neck, as well as knickers.
There was a knife on top of a quilt near her hip, which was seized by police. She had no pulse.
Pellow denied murder during a trial at Bristol Crown Court, insisting Lisa-Marie killed herself.
But a jury saw through his lies and convicted him.
Pellow was sentenced to life in prison but will serve a minimum term of 17 years, minus the 186 days he has already served in remand.
Lisa-Marie’s family have described being robbed of a future with her.
One of her three daughters said: "I won’t have my mum to help prepare me for prom, she won’t be able to see me at my wedding and her grandchildren won’t ever know who she was.
"I can’t understand how someone could be so callous to take such innocent life wrongly away from them and their family."
And another of her daughters added: "My future will never be the same without my mum in it, and I will forever be hurt by the loss of my mum.
"I’m missing a part of me that will never return."
Lisa-Marie’s mother said: "No words can describe the loss of my beautiful daughter Lisa-Marie. I’m crying most days and just can’t believe she’s gone – my heart is broken."
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