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Suitcase killer attacked in jail and rushed to hospital after starting sentence for wife’s murder

Suitcase killer Thomas Nutt, who murdered his wife days after their wedding, was rushed to hospital after being attacked in prison.

The bully killed Dawn Walker and ruthlessly stuffed her body into a suitcase at their home in Lightcliffe, West Yorkshire on October 27 last year.

The 46-year-old then tried to hide her body by throwing it in some bushes before blaming her disappearance on mental health.

He was found guilty of murdering the 52-year-old grandmother by strangling her to death and earlier this month was jailed for life with a minimum sentence of 22 years.

The killer has since been held in Leeds Class B prison, where he was attacked by another prisoner – hailed as a hero by inmates – on Saturday August 20.

According to a source, Nutt was walking in the prison’s exercise yard when the assault took place, and he suffered numerous bruises, cuts and abrasions to his head and body.

A source said: “It felt like he was beaten by Oleksandr Usyk (world heavyweight boxing champion).

Thomas Nutt killed his young wife Dawn Walker and stuffed her body in a suitcase. Here the couple are pictured together

Nutt claimed Dawn (pictured), who was 52, was missing and claimed she had mental health issues

Nutt claimed Dawn (pictured), who was 52, was missing and claimed she had mental health issues

Nutt was caught on CCTV dragging a suitcase containing Dawn's body out of his home before dumping it in some bushes

Nutt was caught on CCTV dragging a suitcase containing Dawn’s body out of his home before dumping it in some bushes

‘Nutt is a bully and acted like I am around backstage. He made himself a target.

“Another prisoner took offense to his antics and gave him a good slap. It was a mess afterwards.

‘Nutt is considered the lowest of lows and he will be frantic with worry that he is now a big target.

“He’ll be looking over his shoulder.”

Nutt was taken to a local hospital by ambulance guarded by two prison officers.

He was treated for his injuries and returned to prison and placed in solitary confinement for his own safety.

Nutt was convicted on August 10 of murdering baby Dawn at the home they shared in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

Bradford Crown Court heard how the newlywed brutally killed his wife on their wedding night, hours after tying the knot on October 27 last year.

He first hid his wife’s body in a closet in their house, before breaking her leg so he could put it in the holster which he then hid in some bushes.

CCTV footage released by West Yorkshire Police showed Nutt dragging Dawn out of their home in the case.

He can later be seen returning to the garden to try and cover the wheel tracks in the mud.

Another clip shows Dawn – still in her wedding dress – returning from the pub with Nutt where they celebrated their nuptials.

This video capture of CCTV footage taken outside their home on October 27 last year is the last time Dawn was seen alive

This video capture of CCTV footage taken outside their home on October 27 last year is the last time Dawn was seen alive

Dawn was seen in her wedding dress as the couple entered their home after celebrating their wedding at the pub.  She was not seen again until her body was found in a suitcase hidden in some bushes

Dawn was seen in her wedding dress as the couple entered their home after celebrating their wedding at the pub. She was not seen again until her body was found in a suitcase hidden in some bushes

It was the last time Dawn was seen alive outside their home in Shirley Grove, Lightcliffe, near Halifax in West Yorkshire.

After killing his wife, Nutt continued to lie to her family, blamed her disappearance on her sanity, sent them fake messages supposedly from her, and convinced her youngest daughter to help her try to find her, knowing that she was dead.

He had also controlled his victim for years and isolated her from family members, her sister told the court.

Sentencing him to life in prison, Judge Jonathan Rose told him: “Dawn Walker died because you are a bully, used to going your own way with women, used to controlling and manipulating women and using your considerable advantage in inflicting violence”. on women if you deem it necessary to do so.

Nutt told police he and Dawn honeymooned in Skegness the day after their wedding, but the judge said there was no evidence to support that claim.

Judge Rose said the killer instead ‘desecrated’ her body by breaking bones to fit her in the suitcase

Thomas Nutt was jailed for life earlier this month after being found guilty of murdering his wife.  Here he is pictured in his police mugshot

Thomas Nutt was jailed for life earlier this month after being found guilty of murdering his wife. Here he is pictured in his police mugshot

Nutt was attacked in Leeds Class B prison, where he is currently serving his sentence.  Pictured is the exterior of HMP Leeds

Nutt was attacked in Leeds Class B prison, where he is currently serving his sentence. Pictured is the exterior of HMP Leeds

The victim’s daughter, Kiera-Lee Guest, told the court Nutt put up Halloween decorations in the house even as Ms Walker died.

Ms Guest said Nutt knew what he had done when she went from place to place with a photo of her mother, asking if people had seen her.

She said, “Justice will be served for my mother-in-law.”

Ms Walker’s sister Lisa said Nutt manipulated his victim and isolated him from his family for three years ‘before his unholy hands took him away from us forever’.

Lisa Walker told the court: “I mourn my sister who suffered so much and felt like she had no one to turn to because this man made her feel worthless.”

Alistair MacDonald QC, prosecuting, said the crime was made worse by the way Nutt cheated on his family after the murder, causing them “psychological damage”, he said.

Stephen Wood QC, defending, said there was no evidence Nutt intended to kill his wife and it was “spontaneous”.

Nutt admitted manslaughter but was convicted of murder.

After the judge handed down a life sentence with a minimum sentence of 21 years, a woman in the public gallery shouted, “Thank you, Your Honor, thank you.”

In a statement read to the court, Dawn’s eldest daughter, Codie, said: “The loss of our mother, our sister, our daughter, our nanny and our aunt had a huge impact on our lives.”

“There are no words to describe how we feel every day, waking up knowing what this person did to her is truly heartbreaking for all of us.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm that a prisoner at HMP Leeds has been treated in hospital for minor injuries following an assault by another prisoner.

“We are unable to comment further while police investigate.”