Killer teacher lured boyfriend to bed then buried body with sinister note

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    A primary school teacher is accused of murdering her cheating boyfriend after luring him in with sex then burying his body in the garden, a court heard.

    Fiona Beal, 48, is currently on trial for the murder of Nicholas Billingham at Northampton Crown Court.

    The court heard how on November 1, 2021 she allegedly lured her 42-year-old partner to bed blindfolded before stabbing him in the neck and burying him with a note attached to his face.

    Mr Billingham's half-clothed and mummified remains were found four months later wrapped in bin bags, carpet, a duvet and cable ties in the couple's back garden.

    A note fixed to an eye mask on his face read "This is my morning after face," the court heard.

    Beal plotted the murder in a "chilling" diary which was discovered by police when she tried to take her own life, jurors were told.

    The prosecution told the court how Fiona Beal's notebook detailed how she was driven to killing an unnamed person and blamed her dark alter-ego Tulip22 – who was "reckless, fearless and efficient".

    She also made a reference in the diary to the 1991 film Thelma and Louise and wrote about struggling to move the body which was "much more difficult than on TV," the court heard.

    The court heard Beal carried out the attack before penning the "confession" after fearing her partner of 17 years had been cheating on her again.

    The Year 6 teacher was arrested following the discovery of the journals and the body in March last year.

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    She admitted unlawfully killing Nicholas but denied murder due to her state of mind at the time.

    On the second day of her trial today, jurors were told how Cumbria Police discovered Beal motionless in a bath after being called out to a welfare check.

    PC Josh Parkin found Beal seriously injured lying naked in a bloody bath, the court heard.

    Giving evidence in court on Tuesday, the officer described how "sinister" music was playing from her mobile phone and that he originally believed she was dead before she roused.

    In police bodycam footage which was shown to the jury, Beal could be heard sobbing "leave me alone" and "I don’t want to live".

    The court heard on Monday that Beal killed Nicholas in their bedroom before painting and cleaning the crime scene and phoned in sick to work to cover her tracks.

    She then allegedly told people he had left her for another woman and used his phone to send messages to friends and family pretending he was alive but had Covid, the court heard.

    A post mortem revealed the cause of death was given as a single stab wound to the right-hand side of the neck, which severed the jugular vein.

    The trial continues.

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