David Twigg death: Julie Dixon admits killing fiance

David Twigg and Julie Dixon
Image caption The body of David Twigg was found in the workshop of his joinery business on 13 March

A Lincolnshire woman has admitted killing her fiance who died in a fire after being locked in a store cupboard.

Julie Dixon, 43, had originally told police that the couple had been attacked by masked intruders at their business in Burgh Le Marsh on 13 March.

Lincoln Crown Court was told on Tuesday that she later changed her story and said her partner David Twigg, 46, had died in a failed joint suicide pact.

But on the second day of her trial she admitted his murder.

Judge Michael Heath adjourned the case and a formal plea hearing is expected to be held on Thursday.

'Lost her nerve'

Mr Twigg died after inhaling smoke from the fire at his workshop next to his home in Station Yard.

Prosecutors told Lincoln Crown Court that Dixon, 43, had concealed huge debts from Mr Twigg.

She was responsible for looking after the books and paperwork at the couple's joinery business and had been failing to pay outstanding invoices from business suppliers, the court heard.

After her arrest on suspicion of murder in June, prosecutor Gordon Aspden said she had given a statement to police in which she alleged that she and Mr Twigg had formulated a suicide pact.

Dixon had said Mr Twigg poured petrol on the workshop floor but when the flames started she lost her nerve and fled.

She was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced at a later date.

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