The fiance of a kids’s creator who drugged and suffocated her earlier than throwing her physique in a hidden cesspit has been discovered responsible of homicide.
Ian Stewart, 56, had denied murdering Helen Bailey at their residence in Royston, Hertfordshire, to be able to get his palms on her near-£4m fortune.
He was convicted at St Albans Crown Courtroom following a seven-week trial.
Police say they’ll look once more on the loss of life of Stewart’s spouse Diane in 2010 following the decision.
Mrs Stewart died after having an epileptic match within the backyard of the household residence in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire. An inquest was held however police will now re-examine the case.
Described by police as “a narcissist” who was “chilly” and “calculating”, Stewart had “grossly deceived” 51-year-old Ms Bailey after they met on-line following the loss of life of her husband in 2011.
Prosecutors mentioned he had performed “the lengthy sport” to be able to inherit Ms Bailey’s fortune.
He had been secretly giving her a sleeping drug zopiclone for weeks earlier than he finally smothered her with a pillow, a pathologist instructed the jury.
On the day of the homicide, 11 April final 12 months, Stewart tried to vary a standing order from Ms Bailey’s account to the couple’s joint account from £600 to £four,000 a month.
He later tried to make use of energy of legal professional to be able to promote a flat she had in Gateshead.
He had reported Ms Bailey lacking on 15 April and made a heartfelt attraction for his wife-to-be to make contact.
“No matter has occurred, wherever you might be I’ll come and get you,” he mentioned.
He instructed police Ms Bailey had left a notice saying she wanted “house” and had gone to her vacation residence in Broadstairs, Kent.
Her physique was discovered three months later, having been pulled out of a “arduous crust” of excrement contained in the cesspit beneath the storage of the couple’s £1.2m residence.
Her pet Dachshund Boris was discovered alongside her.
The court docket heard how, in 2013, Ms Bailey had instructed her brother John the cesspit can be a “good place to cover a physique” whereas giving him a tour of the home and grounds.
Stewart had been with them on the time, the jury was instructed.
He was additionally discovered responsible of stopping a lawful burial, fraud and three counts of perverting the course of justice.