Pas­sen­ger in crash ‘was mur­dered girl­friend’

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A MAN mur­dered his lover and strapped her body in the pas­sen­ger seat of his van to dis­pose of it, but was caught when he crashed into a hedge, a jury was told.

John Doyle, 54, stran­gled lawyer Sian Rees at the con­verted mill home they shared on Dart­moor in Devon, the court heard, but as he drove her body away, lost con­trol of his van.

A nurse stopped and ex­am­ined Rees, 50, as Doyle pulled her body from the car. He asked the nurse: “Is she OK?” When the nurse in­formed him she was dead, he al­legedly replied: “Oh.”

Ex­eter Crown Court was told that the cou­ple met via a dat­ing agency and moved in to­gether at the mill. But their re­la­tion­ship soured.

De­scrib­ing the crash pros­e­cu­tor Paul Dunkels QC said: “In the front pas­sen­ger seat was the dead body of his part­ner Sian Rees. She had not been in­jured in the car crash. Her body was cold and she had been dead 12 hours hav­ing been stran­gled to death by the de­fen­dant the pre­vi­ous evening.”

Doyle, of Merton Mill, Merton, de­nies mur­der. He says he did not in­tend to kill Miss Rees in the in­ci­dent last June.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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