Husband who killed children’s author Helen Bailey was ‘in bits’ after death of first wife he is accused of murdering six years earlier, his son tells jury
The murderer of children’s author Helen Bailey – now on trial accused of killing his first wife – was ‘in bits’ after her death, his youngest son told a jury today.
Ian Stewart, 61, is in the dock accused of murdering of 47-year-old Diane Stewart at their home in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, 에 2010.
Prosecutors say he was initially able to ‘fool medical professionals by suggesting that she had died in the course of an epileptic fit’, but brain tests later indicated it was likely her breathing was restricted from an ‘outside source’.
Oliver Stewart was 15 at the time of his mother’s death and said he was brought home from school by a neighbour.
He saw ambulances outside the house, 그는 말했다, and initially thought, '오, Dad’s going to have another spell in hospital,’ as he had the rare long-term condition myasthenia gravis, which he described as ‘muscle weakness’.
Oliver told Huntingdon Crown Court someone from either the police or ambulance service told him his mother was dead.
Helen Bailey and her murdered Ian Stewart who killed her in 2016 and jailed for 34 연령
Ian Stewart, 61, 아동 작가 헬렌 베일리를 죽인 남편은 6년 전 살해한 혐의로 기소된 첫 아내의 죽음 이후 '분노'했다., 47, in Cambridgeshire in 2010
Wiping tears from his eyes, he told the jury he identified her body.
‘She had foam coming out of her mouth,’ 그는 말했다, adding his gave his mother ‘one last kiss’.
Asked by defence barrister Amjad Malik QC how his father was at that point, Oliver replied: ‘In bits.’
Oliver said he was given information from the pathologist about how his mother died at a later date.
‘I knew she was epileptic, I had seen the foam in her mouth, it added up,’ 그는 말했다.
Oliver described the relationship between his parents as ‘loving, 돌보는, 종류, family-orientated’.
Prosecutors allege Stewart was initially able to ‘fool medical professionals by suggesting’ Mrs Stewart ‘had died in the course of an epileptic fit’
The couple’s elder son Jamie Stewart, 누가 18 당시, told jurors he was taking his driving test on the morning his mother died.
‘My driving instructor had driven us back from Cambridge. 그때, when we pulled into our street, there were three ambulances outside our house,’ 그는 말했다.
Jamie said his father was ‘in tears and very upset and I think the neighbour and paramedics were trying to console him’.
Jamie said he knew his mother was epileptic and took two tablets every morning, but had not seen her have a fit ‘in my lifetime’.
He said he remembered there were ‘raised voices… between my mother and father’ when he was at home on study leave for A Levels the week his mother died.
Questioned by Mr Malik, Jamie said he ‘couldn’t hear what was being spoken about’.
He said he had seen his parents argue over the years but it ‘wasn’t a regular thing’.
Asked to describe how his father was at the funeral, Jamie replied: '망했다.’
Stewart was jailed for a minimum of 34 년 2017 for murdering Ms Bailey, 51, who had been drugged with sleeping medication and suffocated at their £3.3million Royston mansion.
His wife-to-be, who wrote the Electra Brown books, was discovered in a cesspit under the garage with her beloved dog in 2016.
After his conviction, police began looking into the 2010 death of Stewart’s wife Diane, 47, whose sudden passing was put down to a massive epileptic fit.
Stewart denies the murder of his wife. 재판은 계속됩니다.