Spurned lover beat woman to death, court told
ASPURNED lover battered his partner to death before trying to conceal the murder by sending texts from her mobile phone, a court heard.
Steven Dunks, of Shaw, 45, is alleged to have flown into a drunken rage before killing Lynn Howarth, 43, at her home in Boleyn Court, Heywood, after she started a relationship with another man.
A murder trial at Manchester Crown Court heard the attack was so vicious her jaw snapped off and both her eye sockets were fractured.
Following the brutal murder Mr Dunks is alleged to have stolen Ms Howarth’s Blackberry mobile, before spending the next month sending texts to her family and friends pretending to be her in a bid to cover his tracks.
The trial also heard how he allegedly stole her bank card and cleared out her account.
Mr Dunks, of Milnrow Road, denies murder.
Ms Howarth’s decomposed body was discovered a month after her death when neighbours notified police of a strong odour coming from the flat. She was found on the kitchen floor.
Robert Hall said: “The attack was so forceful and sustained that it resulted in very severe and extensive fractures to the bones in her face.
“It snapped her jaw clean off and fractured both her eye sockets.
“The result was that death quickly followed.”
Mr Dunks and Ms Howarth had known each other since they were children and had been in an on-off relationship since 2013, but Mr Dunks was also seeing another woman.
The court heard Ms Howarth became frustrated with the situation and wanted to end the relationship.
entries showed that she was gradually trying to cut contact with Mr Dunks.
She met another man on Facebook and the pair began a relationship, but when Mr Dunks found out he was said to have turned up at the flat and threatened the pair, allegedly shouting: “I love her and I would rather see her dead than with anyone else.”
On July 26, last year, Ms Howarth and Mr Dunks had been drinking in Heywood town centre.
The prosecution say the pair left separately, with Mr Dunks following Ms Howarth home before carrying out the fatal attack.
The trial is expected to last two weeks. Proceeding
●● Lynn Howarth’s body was discovered in a flat in Heywood