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Greedy fiancé, Ian Stewart found guilty of killing children’author Helen Bailey and dumping body in cesspit in $4 million inheritance grab

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Money-grabbing fiancé guilty in the death of author Helen Bailey
Ian Stewart, 56, accused of murdering 55-year-old Bailey and dumping body in cesspit in a money-grab for her  $4.1M [£3.3M] estate
Ian Stewart was found guilty of murder Wednesday, following a six-week trial on charges of murder, preventing a lawful burial, fraud and three counts of perverting the course of justice 
Software engineer, Stewart, 56, seduced Ms Bailey months after the death of her husband and went on to drug and kill her before trying to get his hands on her millions

Stewart allegedly,  used ‘love-bombing’ campaign to get his victim to fall in love and trust him

Initially uncooperative, but after being charged with murder the suspect went from refusal to answer questions to claiming his fiancée
was taken by two kidnappers named ‘Nick’ and ‘Joe’
Faces life behind bars during sentence, which is scheduled for a later date
CCTV footage from Royston Household Waste April 11, 2011 shows the killer dumping incriminating items within hours of the murder, some of them bloodied 
moment-stewart-is-arrested-in-his-dressing-gown-the-suspect-caught-offguard-exclaims%22bloody-hell%22-bodycam-shows-arrestPolice bodycam captures the moment Stewart is arrested in his dressing gown. The suspect ,caught off guard, exclaims “Bloody hell” `

The fiancé of Helen Bailey has been found guilty of murdering the author and dumping her in a cesspit underneath her £1.2m home in calculated plot to inherit her millions.
Ian Stewart, 56, showed no reaction as he was found guilty of murder, preventing a lawful burial, fraud and three counts of perverting the course of justice following a six-week trial at St Albans Crown Court.
The former software engineer seduced Ms Bailey months after the death of her husband John Sinfield in a drowning accident in Barbados in 2011.
He quickly worked his way into her home – and later her will – as part of what prosecutors described as a ‘love-bombing campaign’ which saw the author become ‘besotted’ with him.

Helen Bailey with Ian Stewart1.jpg
Image of a happy, loving couple: Stewart killed Ms Bailey and dumped her in a cesspit beneath her garage.  Police are set to re-examine death of his first wife
 
The remains of Helen Bailey was discovered three months after her disappearance in the cess pit in her own home, buried along with her dog .jpg
The remains of Helen Bailey was discovered three months after her disappearance in the cesspit in her own home, buried along with her dog 
Baily, who had considerable wealth had written Stewart into her will three months earlier.jpg
Baily who had considerable wealth had written Stewart into her will three months earlier

Tragically, in her final book – about the death of her husband – Ms Bailey repeatedly referred to Stewart as “GGHW” – the Gorgeous, Grey-Haired Widower.
But she had no knowledge that in the months before her death he was secretly ‘stupefying’ her with sleeping drug Zopiclone.
On April 11, Stewart suffocated the 52-year-old and dumped her body in a cesspit underneath the home they shared in Royston, Hertfordshire.

Ian stewart is seen deiving uo to the dumpster shortly after the murder.jpg
Ian Stewart is seen on camera drive up and take items  to the dumpster shortly after the murder. Some of the items had blood on them 

On the day of the killing, Stewart visited solicitor Timothy Penn, who was handling the sale of a £185,000 property owned by Helen in Northumberland.
He told the solicitor that Helen was “unwell” and made the first of several attempts to force through the sale in her absence.
Stewart also boosted a standing order to his own account from £600 to £4,000 the same afternoon.

Ian Stewart was going to inherit helen's $1.25M home.jpgAfter the author amended her will three months earlier, Stewart stood to inherit her $1.25m home 
CCTV footage from Royston Household Waste April11 show the killer began his cover-up within hours of the murder .jpgThe killer began his cover-up within hours of the murder as he’s seen here drive to a garbage tip to dispose of incriminating material
ian-stewart-is-seen-deiving-uo-to-the-dumpster-shortly-after-the-murder
He was seen on CCTV dumping a blood-stained duvet at a dumpster

At the her disappearance, the author was said to have had assets worth £3,326,316.
Stewart was in line to gain two homes, enough cash to ensure a “very comfortable” lifestyle, and pension and life insurance payments from his fiance.
The next day, he told family Helen had gone to her holiday home in Broadstairs, Kent, after leaving him a note saying she ‘needed some space’.
He repeated the lie when he called police three days later to report Helen missing.
He told “She said, she said in a note, something like I need space and time alone, I’m going to Broadstairs, please don’t contact me in any way.
“She left her car here. But she did take her dog with her. She’s got a little dachshund.”

Ian Stewart was found guilty of murder in the death of Helen Bailey.jpg
Ian Stewart was found guilty of murder today
 in the death of Helen Bailey

In the following weeks, Stewart continued to play the role of distressed partner but officers became increasingly suspicious over his behaviour.
The killer had parked a Jeep over where officers would later find Helen’s body and jumpily told officers “you won’t find anything in the garage” after they asked to search the couple’s home.
Detective Constable Hollie Daines said Stewart “became upset” when they asked to search the house and “did not consent to the search taking place.”
She said: “He started to ask a lot of questions, specifically what we were going to be searching for.

Stewart parked a Jeep over the spot Helen was buried .jpg
To cover his tracks Ian Stewart parked a Jeep over the spot he buried Helen Bailey
the-remains-of-the-victim-and-her-dog-was-eventually-found-in-a-cesspit-underneath-the-garageThe remains of the victim and her dog was eventually found in a cesspit underneath the garage

“He said he was getting fed up with all this now. We explained again the reasons why we wanted to search the house, and he said ‘you keep saying it’s the last time’.
“He became upset, his breathing increased and he began rubbing his forehead. He appeared to be anxious and uncomfortable with what we were asking of him.
“He went on to say that ‘you won’t find anything in the garage, if anywhere, devices will be in the house’.”
The 55-year-old stunned neighbours by jetting off on a two-week luxury holiday to Majorca as fears continued to grow for the much-loved children’s author.

jurors-were-shown-laser-imaging-of-the-tank-inside-the-cesspit-where-bailys-body-was-foundJurors were shown laser imaging of the tank Inside the cesspit where Helen Baily’s body was found3-D imaging of the tank which went several feet underground.jpg3-D imaging of the tank which went several feet underground

But as Stewart distanced himself from the web of deceit he’d created back home, detectives were piecing together his money-grabbing murder plot – and were ready to swoop when he returned on July 11.
He greeted officers warmly as he made his way down the stairs of the £1.2m Hertfordshire mansion, little knowing the net had finally closed in on him.
“You’re joking”, he responded, taking a step back as he was told he was being arrested on suspicion of murder.
Stewart shrugged, ran his hands through his ruffled hair and glanced around the room in apparent shock as his crimes were read out to him.
After sitting down on the bottom step, he continued to feign the disbelief and concern for his partner’s safety which would become the cornerstone of his “absurd” defence.

after-months-of-investigation-investigators-swoop-on-stewart-and-drag-him-out-of-bed-he-is-arrested-in-july-2016After months of investigation, investigators swoop on Stewart and drag him out of bed . He is arrested in July 2016 Ian Stewart feigned a stunned reaction when told he was a murder suspect.jpgIan Stewart feigned a stunned reaction when told he was a murder suspect

He said: “Bloody hell, why?… Why? I don’t understand… What’s happened? Have you found her? Where is she?”
But the former software engineer’s demeanor quickly changed as he was taken to the Police Station for questioning.
Stewart sat in silence with one arm on the table and another thrown back over his chair during five hours of questioning.
After being charged with murder, Stewart embarked on a fantastical change of alibi.
He claimed two kidnappers – named ‘Nick’ and ‘Joe’ – had abducted the children’s author in a plot he had been too scared to tell police about previously.
Stewart said the “rude and aggressive” men had first turned up at their house a month before Helen’s death and returned on the day of Helen’s murder.

Initially uncooperative: Stewart refused to speak to cops during the five hours interrogation.jpgInitially uncooperative: Stewart refused to speak to cops during the five hours interrogation
The suspect went on to change his alibi after he was told he was being charged with the murder of his fiancee.jpgThe suspect went on to change his alibi after he was told he was being charged with the murder of his fiancee

He claimed he was punched to the ground by ‘Nick’ and told to tell anyone who asked Helen had gone to Broadstairs.
Incredibly, he also told the court he had spoken to Helen four days later – on the day he reported her missing.
He said Nick returned to the house and handed him a mobile phone, before Helen told him: “I love you. Sorry about everything”.
The murder suspect described Joe as being aged around 65, with olive skin, a foreign accent, “sunken cheeks” and short, smart grey hair.
Nick was said to be a “large, wide man” in his late 50s, slightly taller than Joe, with short black hair, tattoos on his neck and a London accent.
But the half-baked alibi was embarrassingly exposed at St Albans Crown Court when two men known to Stewart – neighbour Nick Cook and bowls player Joe Cippullo – were presented to the court.

Helen Bailey with late husband, John Sinfield.jpgThe accidental death of her husband John Sinfield [photo] left Helen Bailey open to the wiles and determined love assault of an evil cad
Helen Bailey1.jpg Killed for gain: Helen Bailey was buried along with pet pooch, Boris

It was put to the defendant that he had based his descriptions on the pair.
Mr Trimmer asked: “You recognize them, do you, Mr Stewart?”
Stewart replied: “Yes, it’s Nick and Joe.”
Stewart said he had known Joe for over ten years but neither man had crossed his mind for months.
He added: “Well Nick is Nick, nothing like the Joe I described and Nick is nothing like the image I described.”
Prosecutor Stuart Trimmer openly mocked the defence, telling the jury: “You are asked to trust this man’s word, that Nick and Joe exist, and he is, without doubt, a full-blown liar.
“The tale beyond this becomes so absurd that a child that wrote this in his essay aged 11 might be laughed at by the rest of his class.”
He now faces the rest of his life in jail and will be sentenced at a later date.

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