Thursday 22 February 2018

Teacher who put fiancee’s body in suitcase after stabbing her found guilty of murder

Alistair Keely and Dave Higgens

A music teacher was today found guilty of the murder of his fiancee who he strangled, battered and stabbed before storing her body in a suitcase in the garage.

Andrew Lindo, 29, admitted manslaughter but denied the murder of Marie Stewart at their home in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, on December 18 last year.

A jury at Bradford Crown Court rejected his claim that he lost self control following a row in which he accused her of mistreating their young daughter.

Miss Stewart's mother, Helen, was in tears after the jury of four women and eight men returned their verdict after less than an hour of deliberation.

Other members of the family, including her sister, Katie, were also crying in the packed public gallery.

Lindo, who wore a smart grey suit and was flanked by two security officers, showed little emotion.

He bowed his head as the foreman spoke and continued to look at the floor.

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