Bouncer who killed teen bride and buried her in shallow grave dies in prison

A former bouncer who killed his teenage bride decades before being locked up has died behind bars.

Steve Fesus from New South Wales, Australia was jailed for at least 16-and-a-half years in 2018 after an inquest and three Supreme Court trials.

The thug was found guilty of murdering 18-year-old Jodie Fesus in 1997 at home before burying her in a shallow grave at Seven Mile Beach, near Gerroa.

Speaking in 2018, Justice Peter Johnson said: "The murder was callous and selfish and deprived Jodie of her adult life and her children of their mother.

"Although they may have difficulty accepting it as a fact, it is the case that Kimberley and Dylan were deprived of the love and nurturing of a mother whom they never knew,"

Kimberley, 22 at the time of sentencing, and Dylan, 21, were raised by Fesus and had "spoken positively" about him in letters previously provided to the judge.

A Corrective Services NSW spokeswoman on Thursday said a 50-year-old man was pronounced dead at the Prince of Wales Hospital secure prison annex on October 24.

Corrective Services NSW and NSW Police are investigating the death.

All deaths in custody are subject to a coronial inquest, the spokeswoman said.

Ms Fesus was reported missing in August 1997, three months after the wedding, while her remains were discovered five weeks later in the shallow grave.

A 2005 inquest failed to find anyone responsible for her murder, while a jury was unable to reach a verdict at Fesus's first trial in 2015.

His second trial was aborted after a week in 2016 for Fesus to undergo heart surgery.

Justice Johnson found Fesus strangled or choked his wife to death during a heated argument when Kimberley, then 22 months, and Dylan, then 11 months, were in the home.

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Jodie newlywed was unhappy in the relationship, suspected her husband of having an affair, and told him she was going to leave him and take the children.

In a "savage and homicidal" response, he attacked her before placing her body in their car, burying her at a remote location and maintaining she had disappeared.

Weeks later, he made a "significant slip" when filling out government application forms for maintenance child support and a pension.

He indicated his wife was dead, not just missing, but promptly corrected this after a clerk commented on his answer.

Fesus wasn't arrested until 2013, after he made admissions to undercover police officers.

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