CaribWorldNews, ROAD TOWN, BVI, Fri. Oct. 30, 2009: A 53-year-old Rhode Island man was yesterday found guilty of murdering his wife in a 1999 dive in the British Virgin Islands.
David Swain faces life in prison for killing his wife Shelley Tyre by shutting off the air supply on her scuba tank and tearing off her mask in an underwater struggle during their Caribbean holiday.
The scuba shop owner had initially walked away scotch free after the death was ruled an accident but this week he was convicted. Tyre`s parents had long suspected that Swain had killed their daughter and pursued a civil trial saying he stood to benefit from £400,000 on her death.
Swain was found responsible for her death by a Rhode Island court in 2006 and a criminal investigation was subsequently opened. Swain, who has already served two years on remand, will be sentenced next week.