Suspect in Chester-le-Street murder trial gave differing accounts of last sighting, court told (From The Northern Echo)
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Suspect in Chester-le-Street murder trial gave differing accounts of last sighting, court told
A MAN accused of murdering his girlfriend told her son and police differing tales about the last time he saw her, a jury heard.
Joseph Jackson said Adrian Muir told him that he last saw Pamela Jackson on Saturday, March 2, at her house in The Crescent, Chester-le-Street, County Durham.
Her son assumed she was with the 50-year-old - whom she met on the internet - when she failed to return home and said several text messages Mr Muir gave the impression she was alive.
However, prosecutors say Mr Muir, who is on trial at Newcastle Crown Court accused of murder, instead drove to West Yorkshire moorland where he buried her body in a shallow grave.
Mr Muir returned to the house on Thursday, March 7, and Mr Jackson, a university student said he was surprised his 55-year-old mother was not with him.
He said Mr Muir told him she had gone to stay with a friend after injecting herself with botox.
Mr Jackson said: “He said she went to a friend’s house for a while.
“I was puzzled because there is no-one that she has got to go and stay with. She has never done it before.
“From the time he got back on the Thursday and I realised that she had not been with him the whole time I began to feel worse. Barely any of it added up at all.”
Mr Jackson became suspicious and rang his brother and the police were called.
When officers attended Mr Jackson said Mr Muir, a dry stone waller, of Calder Terrace, Halifax, changed his story.
Mr Jackson said: “He told the police that he last saw my mother on the Monday.
“He said he came back to the house and she let him in. She was on the sofa in a quilt as if she had been there all day.
“He said it was really smoky, as if she had smoked 100 tabs. I was only out of the house for three hours and I didn’t see anyone.”
“I thought: ‘That’s not what you told me’.”
The following day a police cordon was set up around the house and an investigation was launched with Mr Muir subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder.
The mother-of-three’s body was found in countryside near Ripponden, around 120 miles away, on May 27, almost three months after she was last seen.
Mr Muir denies murder and the trial continues.
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