BRIT sailor, Lewis Bennett, has admitted killing his wife after their boat sunk on their Caribbean honeymoon.
The 41-year-old has pleaded guilty to the involuntary manslaughter of Isabella Hellman.
Her body was never found despite a search.
Bennett, 41, had always denied killing her.
But the engineer — who lived in Florida with Isabella and daughter Emelia, two — admitted involuntary manslaughter in a Miami court tonight.
It is understood he has agreed a plea deal sparing him a murder trial.
Bennett, of Poole, Dorset, faces a maximum eight years in jail when he is sentenced on January 10.
The Florida court heard he made no effort to find his wife, instead he loaded items onto a life raft after their vessel sunk.
Prosecutors alleged he murdered Isabella for her estate and sank the boat on May 15.
He claims she was piloting the boat and he was asleep but woke up to find the vessel damaged and his new wife missing.
Bennett made a distress call five hours later and was alone when a helicopter crew pulled him from the sea.
In court documents filed last week police allege Mr Bennett, 41, from Poole, Dorset, killed his wife to end “marital strife” between the couple.
And now Hellmann’s text messages have revealed that she felt Bennett did not “respect her any more” and that she “found an angry person” when she came home.
Hellmann, 41, also said she was “afraid to get home”, The Times reports.
Court documents detail the text messages, which also read: “Sometimes I can be a pain in the a** and more but you need to change your attitude… you make me crazy shouting, yelling, swearing… YOU ARE PUSHING ME AWAY.”
Months before Ms Hellmann’s disappearance, she wrote: “If you don’t like me or love me anymore let us fix this asap because is very pathetic the way you treated me all the time.”
Source: THE SUN OF LONDON