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