A former teacher has been sentenced for the murder of his estranged wife

John Wallace Edwards, who was found guilty of the killing, will have a non-parole period of 18 years.

Sharon Margaret Edwards was murdered in Grafton in 2015 and her body has never been found.

While sentencing Edwards today, Justice Robert Allen Hulme said his lengthy jail term would be backdated to June 20, 2017.

During his trial, the jury was told that Edwards killed Mrs Edwards after he became angry that she had started a relationship with Billy Mills, who she had an affair with earlier in their marriage.

The court heard Mrs Edwards was last seen on the night of March 14, 2015, following a night out with friends and Mr Mills.

She had moved on and was happy in her new relationship with Mr Mills, the court was told.

Mrs Edwards has been living in Grafton and her ex-husband was living in nearby Lawrence.

Edwards was charged with her murder in 2017.

He will be eligible for parole in June 2035.


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