Leeds & West Yorkshire

Andrew Lindo trial: Jury considers verdict.

Marie Stewart
Image caption Miss Stewart's body was found by police in the garage in February

A jury has been sent out to consider whether a man who killed his fiancee and stored her body in a suitcase is guilty of murder.

Andrew Lindo, 29, has admitted strangling, beating and then stabbing Marie Stewart at their home in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, in December.

Her body was found in the garage by police two months later.

Lindo admits manslaughter but denies murder and has been on trial at Bradford Crown Court.

Music teacher Lindo claims he killed Miss Stewart, 30, after losing control during a row in which he accused her of mistreating their daughter.

The prosecution told the jury the accusations were untrue and Lindo was an "inveterate and accomplished liar" who killed his partner in a "protracted and brutal attack".

Lindo hit Miss Stewart over the head with a children's chair, covered her face with bubble wrap and then stabbed her in the neck with a kitchen knife. She died of multiple stab wounds.

He later placed her body in a flight bag and stored it in the garage.

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