I read this story on the BBC News service this afternoon. It’s a bit grim – but hmmmmm.
A man accused of strangling a woman recorded the rough area of where he buried her body in the memory of his car’s sat nav system, a jury was told.
Lukasz Reszpondek, 30, had been seeing Ermatati “Tati” Rodgers, 41, Mold Crown Court heard.
Mr Reszpondek, who denies murder, said she died of natural causes and he had buried her near Wrexham in a panic.
But the prosecution told the jury that “quite simply” innocent people did not bury bodies. The case continues.
Mr Reszpondek, a Polish national and married man, has admitted preventing Ms Rodgers’s “lawful and decent burial”.
At the opening of the trial, the jury was told he had buried her but tried to dig her body up again as police closed in on him.
But he could not recover the body and went to the police.
Ms Rodgers was missing for 14 months before her body was eventually found by police in March 2009.
Prosecuting barrister Michael Chambers QC said Mr Reszpondek killed Ms Rodgers, who was originally from Indonesia, on the day he returned early from Poland by car without his family on 4 January, 2008.
He said he had lost his temper and strangled her “against a background of the emotional and conflicting demands of the eternal triangle of a wife and another woman”.
The defendant watched the police looking for the body from the top of a nearby slag heap, hiding in bushes, wearing camouflage clothing and using binoculars
He then set about disposing of the body and might well have got away with it if he had not made certain fundamental errors, the prosecutor claimed.
Quite simply, innocent people do not bury bodies, Mr Chambers told the jury.
Mr Reszpondek and Ms Rodgers met in the summer of 2004 when they both worked together at a dairy at Marchwiel near Wrexham.
They formed a close relationship which continued after the defendant’s wife came over from Poland to join him in Wrexham.
At Christmas 2007 the defendant – a father of two – returned to Poland. His family travelled by plane but he went separately by car.
He returned to Wrexham on 4 January, 2008 and took Ms Rodgers to his house in Rhostyllen after a 900-mile car journey. It was there that he killed her, said the prosecutor.
In police interview, Mr Reszpondek claimed he had gone upstairs to take a shower and had come back down to discover her collapsed and dead.
He claimed that he had buried the body because he had panicked, the court heard.
The following day he bought a spade, a large suitcase and other items which he used to help him bury the body, with his credit card which police were able to trace.
He then recorded the approximate area of the burial site in the memory of his car satellite navigation system and named it “Tt”, the court was told.
Police surveillance found he kept returning to that area and when they began digging in the surrounding fields looking for her body, “the defendant made the error of taking the bait”, said Mr Chambers.
“The defendant watched the police looking for the body from the top of a nearby slag heap, hiding in bushes, wearing camouflage clothing and using binoculars,” he said.
“What he did not know was that the police were watching him, watching them.”
By Sunday afternoon, 22 March, the police digging was getting close to the actual field which contained the body, Mr Chambers told the jury.
“The defendant must have thought that on the Monday morning they were likely to move into the actual field and find the body,” he said.
“So on that Sunday night, he tried to move it.
“However it was more difficult that he anticipated so after about three hours he had to stop.
“It was only at that stage that he went to Wrexham police station.
“He gave the account that she had suddenly collapsed and died, he had panicked, and buried her.”
Home Office pathologist Dr Brian Rodgers conducted a post-mortem examination and he said that there was no sign of any natural causes which would have explained her sudden death.
But he did find bruising and a fractured thyroid cartilage consistent with strangulation.
Mr Chambers told the jury that police had found deleted “glamour photographs” of Mrs Rodgers on his digital camera which included her in under-wear and semi naked poses.
That, he said, indicated the nature of their relationship.
He said that it could be inferred that the defendant lost his temper and strangled her in the “context of the emotional and conflicting demands of the eternal triangular relationship of wife and another woman.”
The trial, which is expected to last three weeks, continues.