Murder victim left £626,000 inheritance to millionaire husband convicted of her killing.
The wife murdered by her millionaire farmer husband left him more than £600,000 in her will, it was revealed today. Kate Prout disappeared three years ago and her body has never been found but a jury found she had been killed at the her hands of her husband Adrian, 47. He was convicted of murder and jailed for 18 years in February last year, but remained the main beneficiary of the 55-year-old's will.
It has subsequently been revealed that Mrs Prout left her killer a gross estate of £626,463 and when her affairs were settled that amount dropped to £626,190.
However, British law forbids Prout from receiving any of the money because he carried out the killing.
Jewellery belonging to Mrs Prout was left to her sister Elizabeth Hopwood, while the victim requested she be cremated in the event of her death.
The will, seen by the News of the World newspaper, also showed she anticipated possible problems with her husband in the event of her death.
She stated that if his 'gift fails for any reason', the estate should pass to members of her family and shared with Great Ormond Street Hospital and other charities.
New lover: Debbie Garlick with partner Adrian Prout at Bristol Crown Court before he was found guilty of murder.
Probate has now been granted to brother Richard Wakefiled, 59 and her sister Ms Hopwood.
Mrs Prout disappeared on Bonfire night 2007 after her husband had asked for a divorce.
Diary entries showed she was scared of Prout after a series of acrimonious rows and the later murder trial revealed he had an affair.
After his wife's disappearance, Prout began a new relationship with Debbie Garlick, who gave birth to their child shortly before he was jailed.
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