Thomas Nutt admitted to killing his new bride, Dawn Walker, just four days after their U.K. wedding. The newlyweds were married at the register office in Halifax, West Yorkshire on Oct. 27 and Walker’s body was found four days later on Halloween.
The 52-year-old grandmother was found stuffed inside a suitcase near a playground by her home in Lightcliffe, according to police. Officers believe that the woman was strangled.
Walker’s husband was arrested hours later under suspicion of murder. He later admitted to the crime and was officially charged.
Nutt admitted to killing his new bride, but he says that he never meant to kill her. According to Nutt’s lawyer, Abigail Langford, “The defendant accepts killing the deceased. The issue in the case will be that he didn’t intend to kill her or cause her really serious harm.”
The 45-year-old Shirley Grove, Lightcliffe man appeared in Bradford Crown Court yesterday morning via video call. He was wearing a grey crew neck sweatshirt. The man has not been given bail and he will remain in jail until his next court appearance on February 10.
On that day, Nutt will have to give a plea and go through a trial preparation. The trial is set for a seven-day span starting July 25 2022. He will be represented by Stephen Wood QC. The judge also mentioned that they would be willing to move the trial if an earlier date became available.
In court yesterday, Langford said that her client would be willing to undergo a psychiatric evaluation because of the strange and gruesome nature of the crime.
Friends and family are shocked to learn about the murder just days after the happy wedding. Pictures of the couple during their wedding show Thomas Nutt looking dashing in a gray suit while his bride was gorgeous in a pure red dress.
“They’d only got married on Wednesday. The ceremony was at 2.30pm and was followed by a reception at a local pub. We stayed most of the night. It was a brilliant day and they seemed so happy,” said a wedding guest.
According to those close to the couple, Walker and Nutt had been trying to get married since January 2020 when the U.K. man first proposed. The couple dated for two years before Walker’s tragic death. Nutt had just recently moved in with his bride.
Walker’s daughter, Codie-Marie Shawn, was most affected by her mother’s tragic passing. The 30-year-old wrote on Facebook and said that she was “still trying to figure out if I’m dreaming or not. I’m hoping I wake up soon.”
The Walker family posted a statement after the death of their family member. It said, “We write this with a very heavy heart that yesterday we lost a loving daughter, mother, nanna, sister, auntie and friend. In circumstances beyond our control, you were taken from us so suddenly.”
While police have arrested Thomas Nutt in connection with the murder of his wife, officers are still interested in talking with the unknown subject who called in the crime. According to police, they first became aware of the murder by anonymous call Sunday morning.
Friends and family continue to remember Dawn Walker and many have called her a sweet soul. One friend said, “She was the soundest person you could meet. She was friendly and generous. She once paid for a disabled man’s shopping when he was short.”
The U.K. woman is remembered by her sister, three older daughters and many grandchildren.