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Holmfirth killer's double life of affairs

Andrew Lindo
Image caption Lindo had a string of affairs while living with Marie Stewart in Holmfirth

Murderer Andrew Lindo was seen by friends and family as a doting father in a "perfect little family" but he was a "liar and a cheat" leading a double life.

Lindo set up home with Marie Stewart after "sweeping her off her feet" and lived an apparently normal life with their two young children.

But he was having a string of affairs with other women.

He would tell them elaborate stories of how he was a struggling single father.

He also told the women he had been deserted by the mother of his children.

And he would even transform his family home into a "bachelor pad", with no sign of Miss Stewart's existence, when these women visited.

At one point he was in a relationship with two work colleagues at the same time, while he was living with Miss Stewart.

There is also an allegation that he was involved with a 15-year-old girl.

After killing Miss Stewart, he went to collect his latest lover, Angela Rylance, and spent the night with her just two floors above where his fiancee's body was left in a suitcase.

He constructed a detailed smokescreen through Facebook and text messages to con the world that Miss Stewart had left him and their baby son and toddler daughter.

And he convinced Miss Rylance he was planning a new life with her.

Born in 1972 and originally from the Stockton-on-Tees area, Lindo moved to West Yorkshire to study music at Huddersfield University, where he met Marie Stewart.

He persuaded her to leave her husband, who was also his friend, and they set up home and started a family.

Lindo was working as a musician in local bands, including one called Battered Soul, and in September 2008 he began working as a freelance tutor at a private music school in the village of Birdwell, close to the M1 near Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

He was one of a number of vocal tutors at the Take 2 centre, which is run by husband and wife directors Susan and Geoff Whitfield. Both described him as reliable.

Mrs Whitfield said he was "very charming. Very confident. Very chatty".

Her husband agreed, calling him a "a ladies' man."

Image caption Angela Rylance spent Christmas Day with Lindo at the family home

Teachers Alison Doram and Amy Wilde both admitted having relationships with Lindo, while he was living with Miss Stewart at the end of 2009.

Dance teacher Miss Doram said: "I believed I was in a relationship with Andrew exclusively. The more I got to know him, the more I fell for him."

Eventually, the two women went round to his house in Holmfirth to confront him, but did not speak to him.

Miss Doram described Lindo as a "nice person, a charmer", but said he was "a liar and a cheat from my experience".

Angela Rylance told the jury in the trial that she started a relationship with Lindo in August last year.

They met when he went to cash a cheque in the money shop in Barnsley where she worked as a cashier.

Miss Rylance said she soon became suspicious about the defendant's claim to be a single father but he kept reassuring her they were no longer together and Miss Stewart had left their children with him.

Miss Rylance, who has two children, said their relationship developed and became sexual.

She said: "He told me I was amazing - I was beautiful.

"I actually believed him and thought we would get married."

After Lindo killed Miss Stewart on 18 December last year, he collected Miss Rylance and took her back to his house where they spent the night cuddling together.

In the two months between Miss Stewart's murder and her body being found, some thought Miss Rylance had moved in.

She confirmed she spent Christmas Day at the house, not realising Miss Stewart's body was in the garage below.

Miss Rylance said they toasted their relationship, adding: "He said what a fantastic Christmas it had been - the best one ever."

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