KILLED by her fi­ancé

Evil Ian Ste­wart killed his partner and dumped her body in a cesspit un­der their garage

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When Ian Ste­wart called po­lice in April 2016 to in­form them his fi­ancée, chil­dren’s au­thor He­len Bailey, had gone miss­ing, he sounded be­side him­self with worry. Yet he was hid­ing a dark se­cret.

Want­ing to cash in on her vast wealth, Ste­wart had suf­fo­cated He­len and dumped her body in a cesspit un­der­neath the garage of their home in Hert­ford­shire.

At the same time, he killed He­len’s dog, Boris, hurl­ing him into the cesspit, too.

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De­spite an ex­ten­sive search, the po­lice could find no trace of He­len’s body and, as the months passed, Ste­wart be­lieved he’d got away with her mur­der.

De­tec­tives reg­u­larly quizzed him, but Ste­wart would al­ways re­main calm and col­lected. He had no idea, though, that his 26 non­cha­lant at­ti­tude was arous­ing sus­pi­cion.

Those sus­pi­cions grew when, rather than help in the search for his fi­ancée, he went on hol­i­day.

Even­tu­ally, it was a tip-off from a neigh­bour – who alerted po­lice to the pres­ence of the cesspit – that led po­lice to find He­len’s body.

In Fe­bru­ary, Ste­wart was found guilty of mur­der and sen­tenced to a min­i­mum term of 34 years in jail. ‘A long shadow has been cast over our lives,’ said He­len’s fam­ily in a state­ment. ‘But we will al­ways re­mem­ber He­len with en­dur­ing love and af­fec­tion.’

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Bru­tal end… Chil­dren’s au­thor He­len with Boris

Caught out… Cold­hearted killer Ste­wart

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