Businessman who bugged wife 'murdered her after she told a friend she didn't love him'
A millionaire businessman accused of killing his wife today admitted secretly bugging her conversations to find out if she was having an affair.
Martin Hale, 51, was devastated when he learned from a tape of Maureen, 42, talking to a friend that she had never loved him.
The confession sent him into a rage and he attacked his wife, punching her in the head several times.
But the father of four denied killing his wife of 14 years today, saying his family was 'the most important thing' in his life.
No trace of Mrs Hale has ever been found following her disappearance from the family home nearly ten years ago.
Her husband was charged with murder after police re-opened the case last year.