Mu­sic teacher mur­dered wife and hid her body in suit­case for seven weeks

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By GARY DO­RAN gary@sun­

A MU­SIC teacher has been found guilty of mur­der­ing his wife and stuff­ing her body into a SUIT­CASE in their garage.

And as pretty Marie Ste­wart lay undis­cov­ered for seven weeks evil An­drew Lindo laid a de­tailed false trail to con­vince friends and fam­ily she had run off to a new life abroad.

But her fam­ily be­came sus­pi­cious and po­lice even­tu­ally searched the cou­ple’s home and found her de­com­pos­ing body.

Lindo, 29, ad­mit­ted stran­gling 30-year-old Marie af­ter beat­ing her, chok­ing her and then stab­bing her 12 times. He claimed the killing was man­slaugh­ter, ar­gu­ing that he had lost con­trol dur­ing a row when he ac­cused her of mis­treat­ing their three-year-old daugh­ter.


But a jury re­jected his de­fence, tak­ing just 20 min­utes to find him guilty af­ter a four-week hear­ing at Brad­ford Crown Court.

De­scrib­ing the mo­ment he took his wife’s life in De­cem­ber 2009 Lindo told po­lice: “I just kept squeez­ing and squeez­ing and squeez­ing.

“When I let go I was think­ing ‘This is just a night­mare, this is just hor­ri­ble’.

“But the noises con­tin­ued and I thought ‘I’m ob­vi­ously shit at stran­gling you, I’m go­ing to hit you’.

“I just wanted her to shut up, just wanted her to be quiet. I just wanted the night­mare over.

“I put some bub­blewrap round her face be­cause I didn’t want her to look at me.

“I grabbed a knife and jabbed it in.”

Lindo, of Holm­firth in West York­shire, put the mum-of-two’s body in a suit­case, which he then put in the base­ment garage of their town house.

He cleaned up the mur­der scene, us­ing Van­ish clean­ing fluid to scrub away any blood.

Later that night the sicko picked up his lover, An­gela Ry­lance, and took her back the scene of the slaugh­ter.


She told how she spent the night at the house, com­pletely un­aware of the bru­tal mur­der that had taken place just hours ear­lier.

Lindo be­gan post­ing sta­tus up­dates on his wife’s Face­book page — con­vinc­ing Miss Ste­wart’s fam­ily and friends she was still alive and that she had run off with an­other man.

Ini­tially her fam­ily sup­ported Lindo and the cou­ple’s two young chil­dren.

But when Marie — who worked as a health worker for the dis­abled — failed to turn up for her son’s first birth­day they be­came cer­tain some­thing was wrong and called in the po­lice.

The vic­tim’s mother He­len was in tears af­ter the jury of four women and eight men re­turned their ver­dict.

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

He will serve a life sen­tence in jail.

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