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Friday, 4 June 2010


A chef has been convicted of murdering his wife and hiding her body in a freezer for three years.

Thirty-four-year-old Peter Wallner thought Melanie Wallner stood in the way of his womanising. He's been sentenced to life in prison and must serve a minimum of 20 years behind bars.

The Old Bailey heard he battered her with a cast iron pan as she slept at their home Hamilton Avenue in Cobham in August 2006.

Her body was found in a wheelie bin last June as estate agents went with prospective buyers to view the house. Bin men had also complained to the council that they wouldn't empty the bin because it was too heavy.

By this time Wallner had moved to Malta with his new fiancee Lilia Fenech.

Police background into the murder:

Melanie Van Der Merwe came to the UK from South Africa to work in 1998 and met Peter Wallner while they were both employed at the London Marriot Hotel.

Wallner had been born in Germany and worked as a chef in a variety of hotels and other establishments in London during the 1990’s.

They began dating each other in January 2001 when she was aged 24 and he was 25. Their relationship quickly developed and by May of that year – they were married.

Melanie kept in constant contact with her mother in Pretoria, South Africa who described her as “bubbly, organised, generous and loyal” while she was also close to her younger brother who lived in London.

By the time they moved to the three bedroom semi-detached house in Hamilton Avenue, Cobham in 2005, the Wallner’s marriage was breaking down. Melanie was suspicious of the defendant’s fidelity and she was also upset by his controlling attitude towards her both at work and in private.

In the summer of 2006, the weeks before her death, Melanie was working at salvaging their marriage unaware that her husband was already making other plans that would lead to her murder.
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