Tuesday 24 October 2017

Man killed lover and kept body in freezer, court told

Joe Sinclair in London

A pub landlord shot his partner in the back of the head and left her body in a freezer as he carried on with life as normal, a court heard yesterday.

Michael Tucker (50) even had sex with another woman upstairs while his partner's body lay in the chest freezer in a nearby outbuilding, Norwich Crown Court was told.

Tucker, landlord of The Compasses Inn in Snettisham, Norfolk, is accused of shooting Rebecca Thorpe in the back of the head while she was taking a bath in March of last year. He told police he lost his temper when the 29-year-old said he could not see his children and that she was sleeping with another man.

Graham Parkins QC, prosecuting, told the court Tucker fetched a shotgun. He said: "He pointed it at very close range at the back of this lady's head and squeezed the trigger. It caused almost instant death."

He said it was a "deliberate, purposeful and cold-blooded killing" carried out by a man who had "simply, on his own admission, lost his temper".

The court heard that Tucker left Miss Thorpe in the bath for a couple of days before wrapping the body in a duvet and plastic sheeting and carrying her out of the back door, across the yard and into a brick shed.

There he put her in a chest freezer.

The court heard that over the next few days he gave different explanations as to where Miss Thorpe had gone, telling some people she was ill or tired, and others that she was visiting friends.

Tucker sat with his head bowed as he listened to the evidence. He denies murder.

The case is scheduled to last seven days.

Irish Independent

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