Mur­der ac­cused planned pro­posal to part­ner – court

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AMAN ac­cused of mur­der­ing his part­ner had planned to pro­pose to her at the Eif­fel Tower on a trip to Paris set to take place shortly af­ter she dis­ap­peared, a court heard.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence at Mold Crown Court, Diane Pow­ell said her fam­ily and that of Tracy Kearns and An­thony Bird had been good friends for 15 years and they had been planning the hol­i­day to France.

Bird, 48, of Cader Av­enue, Kin­mel Bay, is al­leged to have mur­dered Ms Kearns at the home they shared be­tween May 7 and May 11 af­ter find­ing out she was hav­ing an af­fair.

Ms Pow­ell said Bird told her he could not go to Paris with “Tracy out there with some­body”.

He had said he’d been planning to pro­pose to her up the Eif­fel Tower, the jury was told.

But the court heard that Bird told Ms Pow­ell that Ms Kearns had left him in the early hours of Mon­day, May 8.

When she spoke to him two days later on the Wed­nes­day he had not been in con­tact with the po­lice, said Ms Pow­ell.

She asked him if he was wor­ried about her and he said he was not.

Bird com­plained that Ms Kearns had been telling him lies and was leav­ing him, said Ms Pow­ell.

“I just didn’t think that she would leave her chil­dren like that,” she said.

“She would not leave the girls. I rang Eileen (Ms Kearns’ mother) back and asked her to con­tact the po­lice.”

Ms Pow­ell said that Andrew Jones, with whom Ms Kearns had been hav­ing an af­fair, had told her that she was not with him and that he had not seen her since Sun­day night.

She went to Bird’s home on Wed­nes­day and found he was get­ting a quote to re­dec­o­rate the lounge, which she did not think was ap­pro­pri­ate, the court heard.

Ms Pow­ell took the cou­ple’s chil­dren to her home and Bird later phoned her to say good­night to them. He said the po­lice had searched the house and had not found any­thing.

Ms Pow­ell said the last con­tact she had with Ms Kearns was on Sun­day, May 7.

On Mon­day, May 8, Ms Pow­ell sent a mes­sage ask­ing Ms Kearns about meet­ing but, while it got through to her phone, she had not read it and no re­ply was sent. Ms Pow­ell sent fur­ther mes­sages on May 10 but they were not shown as re­ceived.

They would nor­mally meet on Wed­nes­day morn­ing to go to Slim­ming World but, on Wed­nes­day, May 10, Ms Kearns did not turn up, the court heard.

“I sent a mes­sage to her mother Eileen,” said Ms Pow­ell.

“She rang me back. She told me that Tracy had been hav­ing an af­fair and Ant had found out.

“She also told me that Tracy had not been in touch with her since the Sun­day. I thought that was strange.

“I asked if Eileen had con­tacted the po­lice. She said she had not.

“I told her I would go to the house and get back to her.”

Ms Pow­ell spoke to Bird at the Sandy Cove bar where both the de­fen­dant and his part­ner worked.

He said he had found out about the af­fair on Sun­day morn­ing and that they had rowed.

“Tracy never told me about the af­fair and I told him I did not know about it,” said Ms Pow­ell.

“He told me about what he had dis­cov­ered and he ap­peared calm, not tear­ful in any way.”

The pros­e­cu­tion say Bird mur­dered his part­ner by stran­gling her be­fore wrap­ping her naked body in plas­tic and leav­ing it cov­ered in de­bris in a trailer.

He de­nies her mur­der but ac­cepts he was re­spon­si­ble for her death.

The case con­tin­ues.

> An­thony Bird, 49, de­nies mur­der­ing his part­ner, mother-of-two Tracy Kearns, 43

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