‘No way did I kill He­len’ says fi­ancé

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THE fi­ancé of au­thor He­len Bai­ley broke down in tears as he told a court he “never stopped lov­ing” the woman he is ac­cused of mur­der­ing for her money.

Ian Ste­wart said there was “no way” he was re­spon­si­ble for killing the Elec­tra Brown writer ( above) and dump­ing her in a cesspit be­low their home last year.

The 56-year-old is ac­cused of drug­ging and likely suf­fo­cat­ing his bride-to-be as part of a plot to ac­quire her riches.

He was re­peat­edly over­come by emo­tion as he re­called the early days of their re­la­tion­ship, say­ing: “We to­tally clicked and worked to­gether as a cou­ple.”

At the start of the de­fence case in his trial at St Al­bans Crown Court, the 56-year-old, the for­mer soft­ware en­gi­neer said he first met Ms Bai­ley on a Face­book group for wi­d­ow­ers and wi­d­ows fol­low­ing the death of his wife in 2010.

Three months af­ter she sud­denly van­ished on an af­ter­noon in April last year, Ms Bai­ley was found dead, along­side her dog Boris, be­neath the cou­ple’s garage.

The de­fen­dant, of Roys­ton, Herts, de­nies mur­der, pre­vent­ing a law­ful burial, fraud and three counts of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice. FOR 42,000 years hu­mans used cow’s milk to paint with be­fore any­one thought to drink it.

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