Landlord murdered and butchered by tenants

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By Landlord Expert January 13, 2010 19:44

Kitchen salesman Jeffrey Howe, 49, was stabbed to death in his two-bedroom flat in Southgate before being hacked to pieces by an expert hand, the jury was told.

Tenants Stephen Marshall and Sarah Bush then dumped some of the body parts in Hertfordshire and Leicestershire — and started to empty his bank account, the court heard.

Marshall, 38, of Borehamwood, yesterday pleaded guilty to two counts of perverting the course of justice by dismembering and disposing of Mr Howe's body and by lying to the police about the victim's whereabouts. He also admitted obstructing a coroner in exercising his duty.

Bush, 21, from Southgate, denies two charge of perverting the course of justice and one of obstructing a coroner. Both defendants deny murder.

Opening the trial at St Albans crown court, Stuart Trimmer QC, prosecuting, said: “In March last year, Mr Howe was murdered and immediately after that Marshall and Bush started using his (bank) account.

“The murder and dismemberment of the body occurred within his home. Substantial quantities of blood must have been shed in the murder and in the business of dismembering the body.

"Where there appears to have been a determined effort at cleaning up, blood from Mr Howe was found in the ensuite bathroom and bedroom of the flat. Some of the underlay under the carpet also had diluted blood.”

He told the jury that there was no way of avoiding the “unpleasant detail of the case”.

A murder hunt was launched when Mr Howe's leg was found in a lay-by in Cottered, Hertfordshire, two weeks after the alleged murder.

His skull was found in a field in Leicestershire, and his torso, left forearm and a leg were found at separate locations in Hertfordshire. His hands have yet to be found.

Describing the discovery of Mr Howe's severed head near Ashford, Mr  Trimmer said: “The flesh of the face around the outside of the skull had been removed.

“The eyes, ears, tongue and structures within the neck had been cut away and it had been severed from the body.

"The way in which it had been removed from the body was something which indicated whoever did it, did it with skill and precision and had experience of such activity.”

Mr Howe, who was single and had no children, worked in Enfield.

The trial continues.

 

Landlord Expert
By Landlord Expert January 13, 2010 19:44

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