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Murder suspect left partner for woman he met online, jury told
A MAN accused of murdering a woman he met online left his partner of 32 years because he wanted to have sex with other people, a jury has been told.
Adrian Muir split from Susan Drake after meeting 55-year-old Pamela Jackson, from Chester-le-Street, County Durham, over the internet last spring.
Ms Drake told Newcastle Crown Court about Ms Jackson’s "fantasy life" in which she claimed to be a doctor, clairvoyant and millionaire.
She threw Mr Muir out of her home in Halifax when she learned of his betrayal and refused to take him back.
Ms Drake said: “Three weeks before I found out about Chrissy (Mr Muir’s pet name for Ms Jackson) he said he wanted to go and have sex with other people.
“He wanted us to live like brother and sister and not tell anyone.
“He said he never wanted to have sex with me again. He had been messaging her on an internet site.”
Ms Drake said she spoke to Ms Jackson over Facebook when Mr Muir attempted to take his own life with an overdose.
Ms Drake said: “I knew she was no good for Adrian. She professed to be a doctor. I did not believe she was a doctor. She had a website saying she was a doctor with all of these letters after her name.
“She also had a website saying she was a clairvoyant with different names.
“It didn’t add up. I didn’t believe it.”
The court heard he had about £32,000 in savings and Ms Drake said she suspected Ms Jackson was only interested in his money.
She said: “She said she was a millionaire. She said she had mansions and villas. “She said she had lots of property and money. She also asked if Adrian had money.”
Ms Jackson, a mother-of-three, vanished from her home on March 2, and her body was found in shallow grave in countryside near Halifax, where Mr Muir lived, almost three months later.
The 50-year-old dry stone wall builder and engineer is on trial accused of murdering her and burying her body in West Yorkshire.
The trial continues.
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