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Rui Li murder: Jury retires in bigamist's trial

Rui Li Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption The prosecution allege that Rui Li was killed for her life insurance policy

The jury has retired in the trial of a bigamist accused of murdering his wife and hiding her body in a car boot.

Pierre Legris, 61, denies killing nurse Rui Li, 44, by hitting her over the head and hiding her body in the boot of a car found in Bournemouth.

Mr Legris, his other wife Irene Smith, 66, and their son Jonathan Legris, 27, are accused of conspiracy to murder.

All three deny the charges against them. Mr Legris previously admitted bigamy by marrying Ms Li in 2007.

Ms Li, a Chinese national, lived in Burnham Drive, Bournemouth.

She died on 23 May last year and her body was found in the boot of a Fiat Punto car a week later.

Before the start of the trial at Winchester Crown Court, Legris admitted bigamy by marrying Ms Li in 2007 as he had been married to Ms Smith since 1987.

He told the court that he only moved her body after finding her murdered in their home.

The prosecution alleges Ms Li was bludgeoned to death by her husband as part of a conspiracy.

Jonathan Legris, a racing driver, of Spring Road, Bournemouth, denies conspiracy to murder and assisting an offender.

Ms Smith, denies conspiracy to murder and perverting the course of justice.

Ms Li moved to the UK in 2003 and went missing on 23 May.

The court previously heard Ms Li and Pierre Legris, a French national, ran a massage service, which "on occasion" provided "sexual services".

During the trial it was alleged she had been killed for her life insurance policy.

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