Bradford

Marie Stewart suitcase death: Andrew Lindo admits killing

Marie Stewart
Image caption Post-mortem tests revealed Marie Stewart died from multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma

A music teacher whose partner's body was found in a suitcase in the garage of their West Yorkshire home has admitted killing her.

Marie Stewart, 30, of Holmfirth, was found by police at the house in Perseverance Place on Sunday.

Lawyers for her partner Andrew Lindo, 28, told Bradford Crown Court he would plead guilty to her manslaughter. Prosecutors did not accept the plea.

He is due to go on trial for murder on 30 August.

A post-mortem test found Ms Stewart died from stab wounds and blunt force trauma.

'Loss of control'

Her body was found after relatives called in police, concerned they had not seen her since Christmas.

Lawyer Colin Byrne said Mr Lindo would accept responsibility for the killing and said that provocation relating to things said and done by the deceased would be one of the issues at trial.

Judge James Stewart said that Mr Lindo had also admitted responsibility for putting Ms Stewart's body in the suitcase, and the question was what had caused him to kill her.

Mr Lindo did not formally enter a plea and a two-week trial is due to take place.

He was remanded in custody.

Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp said a guilty plea to manslaughter would not be accepted.

He said the case would hinge on disproving a defence of a "loss of control" by Mr Lindo and inquiries were continuing into the reason for the attack and when it happened.

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