Lindsay Birbeck: Murder accused ‘offered money to move the body’


Composite image Lindsay Birbeck

Lindsay Birbeck’s physique was present in a grave at Accrington Cemetery, Lancashire, 12 days after she went lacking (Image: PA)

A youngster accused of murdering a instructing assistant stated he was supplied cash by a stranger to maneuver her physique.

Mum-of-two Lindsay Birbeck was discovered lifeless in a shallow grave in the back of Accrington Cemetery, Lancashire, on August 24 final yr. The 47-year-old had gone lacking 12 days earlier after leaving her dwelling to go for a stroll to an space of woodland often known as the Coppice, Preston Crown Court docket was informed.

It’s alleged the 17-year-old defendant – who can’t be recognized for authorized causes – killed Mrs Birbeck shortly after she entered the Coppice and hid her physique in a blue wheelie bin which he dragged throughout to the cemetery 5 days later.

The courtroom heard how the boy, then aged 16, voluntarily attended a police station with relations following an attraction.

In a ready assertion, he admitted transferring the bin and burying the physique however stated he was not concerned in Mrs Birbeck’s demise.

He stated he was strolling alone within the space when he was approached by a stranger who promised him ‘some huge cash’ if he disposed of a physique.

Lindsay Birbeck, 47, whose body was discovered by a dog walker in Accrington Cemetery, Lancashire, on August 24 last year.

A 17-year-old boy denies the homicide and manslaughter of Lindsay Birbeck

He said: ‘He confirmed me the place the physique was and he went away right away, leaving me to ‘do away with the physique’.

‘I’ve not met this man earlier than. I’ve not met him since, nor have I had any contact with him. He has not paid me any cash. He informed me that he would go away the cash for me close to the place the physique had been at first as soon as every little thing was clear.

‘I can’t describe the person apart from to say he was white, male, spoke English. I couldn’t see his face effectively as he was overlaying it along with his hood. I’m not positive of his top, construct or age.’

The youth has admitted helping an offender however Prosecutor David McLachlan QC informed the jury the Crown didn’t settle for that plea.

Mr McLachlan stated: ‘Removed from it being a case of (the youth) helping and serving to a thriller man, the prosecution case is he’s in reality the thriller man and he’s responsible of homicide.

‘A younger man who went to distinctive lengths to maneuver Mrs Birbeck’s physique and likewise did an excellent job of hiding her physique in a shallow grave within the cemetery. Such a great job that the police and the general public – who searched in huge numbers – weren’t capable of finding her physique till 12 days after she had gone lacking.’

Lindsay Birbeck with family member

It’s alleged the defendant killed Mrs Birbeck and hid her physique in a wheelie bin earlier than burying it in a shallow grave (Image: PA)

Mrs Birbeck was recognized by means of dental data and a autopsy examination concluded the reason for demise was neck accidents.

Extreme compressive power appeared to have been used, in keeping with a House Workplace pathologist, which might have been carried out in a number of methods together with by means of stamping, kicking or kneeling on the entrance of the neck.

The courtroom additionally heard one other walker, Zoe Braithwaite, entered The Coppice on the day Mrs Birbeck went lacking and observed a lone male strolling ‘very slowly’ in the identical route on a parallel path.

She stated she had been ‘immediately cautious’ as she usually solely encountered ‘canine walkers and households’ within the space.

Mrs Braithwaite stated she had taken a unique path to keep away from assembly the male, however then noticed him about 160ft (50m) away from her.

‘As I glanced over my shoulder it regarded as if he had pulled up and had been operating,’ she stated.

‘At that time I used to be significantly involved.’

She stated she had not obtained shut sufficient to see the particular person’s face, however described him as being about 20 to 25 years outdated, about 6ft (1.83m) in top and carrying a gray hooded high and gray tracksuit trousers.

{The teenager} denies homicide and manslaughter.

The trial continues.

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