Gold fin­ger will cost cool £25,000

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THE Royal Mint is of­fer­ing “se­ri­ous in­vestors” the chance to buy a hefty one kilo­gram gold bar for around £25,000.

The new gold bars – which mea­sure 53mm by 118mm and are 8mm thick – have been pro­duced to mark the first an­niver­sary of a bul­lion trad­ing web­site launched by the Mint.

The aim is to make it eas­ier for peo­ple to in­vest in gold at “rel­a­tively af­ford­able” prices.

A to­tal of £13,000 – the pro­ceeds from her es­cort work – was also dis­cov­ered in the flat.

She had vis­i­ble in­juries to her face and the post-mortem later re­vealed she had suf­fered ‘blunt force trauma to her head and neck’.

Gomez-Her­nan­dez told po­lice he left his wife in bed to go shop­ping and sug­gested she was mur­dered by a client, jurors were told.

Gomez-Her­nan­dez came to the UK with his wife two months be­fore the mur­der.

Miss San­til­lan was de­scribed by pros­e­cu­tor Bren­dan Fin­u­cane QC as ‘ a post op­er­a­tive trans­gen­der’ who was work­ing as a fe­male es­cort her mar­riage Her­nan­dez.

Jurors heard Miss San­til­lan con­trolled the re­la­tion­ship and GomezHer­nan­dez had to ask her for money to buy clothes and food be­cause he did not work.

One friend claimed GomezHer­nan­dez ‘was very jeal­ous and tried to ex­ert some power and con­trol but did not suc­ceed’, the court heard.

On the evening of March 27 this year the cou­ple went out clubbing with a gay man dressed as a woman and two trans­gen­der fe­male friends.

They then re­turned to Miss San­til­lan’s flat in the early hours to con­tinue drink­ing.

At around 5am the vic­tim was con­tacted by a male client. He ar­rived at around 6am and went to the bed­room with Miss San­til­lan while her friends and hus­band re­mained in the lounge.

Mr Fin­u­cane told the court: “While en­gaged in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, the de­fen­dant came into the room and was glar­ing at them.

“The de­ceased said, or looked as if to say, ‘Not now’. There was brief con­ver­sa­tion and the de­fen­dant said he wanted his keys.

‘The sex­ual ac­tiv­ity was com­pleted. He had used a con­dom and then left by taxi at 6.31am.”

One of Miss San­til­lan’s friends no­ticed Gomez- through­out to Gomez-

He next re­turned to his friends’ flat and claimed that his wife was not an­swer­ing the door.

The group then watched as he climbed through a win­dow into the flat be­fore telling them, ‘Vanessa is on the floor, some­thing has hap­pened to her’.

When he let them in, they found her ly­ing next to the sofa.

Mr Fin­u­cane said: “It was ob­vi­ous she was cold and stiff.”

Gomez-Her­nan­dez flagged down an amublance at 9.26pm and was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der by po­lice at 9.45pm.

Gomez-Her­nan­dez, Ful­ham, de­nies mur­der.

The trial con­tin­ues.


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