Teacher ‘to admit suitcase killing’

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A MUSIC teacher will admit killing his partner and putting her body in a suitcase at their home in Holmfirth, a judge heard yesterday.

Andrew Lindo, 28, has been charged with the murder of Marie Stewart, 30, but during his first appearance before a judge yesterday it was confirmed by his lawyer that he would plead guilty to her manslaughter.

Ms Stewart’s body was found in a suitcase in the garage of their home in Perseverance Place, Holmfirth, last Sunday. She died from multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma. Relatives alerted police after she had not been seen since Christmas.

During a hearing at Bradford Crown Court the Honorary Recorder of Bradford, Judge James Stewart, QC, was told Lindo would accept responsibility for the killing.

Lawyer Colin Byrne confirmed that provocation relating to things said and done by the deceased would be one of the issues at trial but conceded there would be no issue as to the cause of death or who perpetrated the killing.

“The defendant accepts and has accepted through the interviews that he was responsible for the killing,” he said.

Judge Stewart said that Lindo also admitted responsibility for putting Ms Stewart’s body in the suitcase and the question was what caused him to kill her.

He remanded Lindo in custody until a plea and case management hearing on June 2. Lindo did not formally enter any guilty plea and a trial on the murder charge is to start on August 30.

The music teacher is alleged to have murdered his partner between December 17 last year and February 14.

Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, said a guilty plea to manslaughter would not be accepted and added: “Our inquiries are being directed very largely towards an investigation of whether we can disprove both the defence of loss of control, as it will be, and whether we can throw any light on the true, we say, factual reason for the attack and indeed whether we can narrow the date of it down.”