Briton jailed in Australia 26 years after killing

AP News
Posted: Sep 27, 2011 9:46 PM
Briton jailed in Australia 26 years after killing

A British man who strangled his girlfriend and then burned her body in a small Australian town 26 years ago has been sentenced to four years in jail.

Stephen Hutton of Hampshire was extradited to Australia in 2009 to face charges in the 1985 death of Sandra White. White's remains were found in a burned-out caravan in Yandoit, northwest of Melbourne.

Officials were initially unable to determine a cause of death. Police reopened the case in 2005 and Hutton became a suspect.

Hutton pleaded guilty in Victoria Supreme Court to manslaughter and was sentenced Wednesday. He will be eligible for parole next week due to time served.

Hutton's lawyer blamed his client's mental illness for the crime. Hutton says he has schizophrenia.