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Real killer has framed me, says defendant in Pamela Jackson murder trial
2:30pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A FELL-runner accused of murdering his lover told a court today the real killer must have tried to frame him by burying her in a shallow grave on moorland which he knew so well.
Adrian Muir, 51, from Halifax, West Yorkshire, had been seeing grandmother Pamela Jackson, 55, after they met on a dating site but their relationship was rocky, a court has heard.
The drystone-waller was charged with her murder after she disappeared from her home in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, in March.
Her body was discovered 120 miles away on moors above Halifax in May - while Mr Muir was held in custody.
His trial at Newcastle Crown Court, where he denies murder, has heard his phone was tracked to the area of the grave on the night she vanished, and that a fingerprint of his was found on a bag containing flowers left on her body.
Mr Muir, who said he knew every inch of Soyland Moor where he had been a beater on grouse shoots, mountain biked and ran, denied he was the man responsible.
He said footage of police searching an area of moorland had appeared on the TV news, which may have inspired the real killer to bury the body there later.
Andrew Robertson QC, prosecuting, said: "The implication must be that someone else has deliberately chosen a site that would implicate you in the murder?"
Mr Muir replied: "That's the only thing I can think of."
The trial continues.
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