A nasty father was found guilty today of murdering his wife and 12-year-old daughter after claiming they were his “property”.
Peter Nash, 47, strangled his wife and stabbed their autistic daughter to death the horror attack.
The monster had denied murdering Jillu, 43, and Louise, 12, as he believed he had “lawfully killed” the couple.
But a jury today found Nash guilty of two counts of murder after a three-week trial.
The 47-year-old defended himself in court, trying to justify the killings with his own interpretation of common law, property and marriage vows.
Nash told Ipswich Crown Court he killed his wife of more than a decade after discovering she had photos of another man.
He said he confronted Jillu and strangled her for five to 10 minutes before putting a t-shirt in her mouth.
The killer said he then sat with the couple’s autistic daughter for about an hour trying to decide what to do next.
Nash told the court that he decided to kill Louise and himself as she was his “property” and that he wanted to protect her as he didn’t trust anyone else to take care of her.
The twisted man attempted to fill the house with gas, then stabbed his 12-year-old and himself.
The killer murdered Jillu and Louise in their home at Heath Estate, Suffolk, in September last year.
The court previously heard that Jillu had “entered a relationship with a work colleague” and “planned to leave her husband and settle into a home of her own.”
Prosecutor David Josse KC told the court, “The defendant and Ms. Nash had a difficult and unhappy marriage.”
“They married in 2009 and the stress and strains of that relationship were no doubt compounded by Peter Nash losing his job through layoff in 2020.”
He said that Nash was “largely responsible for caring for their autistic daughter, Louise,” who was “nonverbal and could only say a few words.”
Mr Josse said that Jillu recorded some conversations she had with her husband and that Nash called her “a schemer who caused chaos” in an August 2022 conversation.
He told the court, “When he implied that she had been cheating on him for about four months, she corrected him and told him it had been eight months.”
Mr Josse said Jillu was seen with the man she was involved with on September 7 – hours later she was dead.
The next day, the police arrived at the house after Jillu and Louise failed to show up for work or school.
When the police entered the house, they smelled gas and quickly called the fire department.
Firefighters rushed in and found Jillu in the living room and Louise on a bed covered with a sheet.
Nash lay next to his daughter, covered in self-inflicted stab wounds, knife still in hand.
He “had to be disarmed by police with a taser,” Mr Josse said.
The monster has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Wednesday May 17th.
How to get help
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Keep your phone close at all times.
- Contact charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat hotline and services like SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarize yourself with the Silent Solution, where you report abuse without speaking on the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Carry some money with you at all times, including change for a phone or bus ticket.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try moving to a lower-risk area of the house—for example, where there is an exit and access to a phone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage where there may be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you could be trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you could be trapped in a closet or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, the SupportLine is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Aid offers a live chat service – available on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
You can also call the 24-hour toll-free Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.