Julie Dixon's tale of killing fiance 'lies', says judge
A judge has described a woman's explanation of why she murdered her fiance as a "pack of lies".
Julie Dixon, 43, of Burgh le Marsh, Lincolnshire, has told Lincoln Crown Court she killed David Twigg as part of a suicide pact because they had debts.
A hearing is being held to determine Dixon's motive and version of events.
After hearing evidence, Judge Michael Heath said: "I am sure this was a premeditated killing. David Twigg did not want to die."
Locked in cupboard
Dixon, previously of Station Yard, Burgh le Marsh, admitted murdering Mr Twigg on the second day of a trial.
However, the judge needed to hear evidence from the prosecution and defence so he could decide how long Dixon's sentence should be.
She is expected to be sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on 3 January.
Judge Heath told the court: "I am sure Julie Dixon's account of how she came to kill David Twigg is untrue. I am in fact sure it is a pack of lies."
Giving evidence, Dixon admitted locking Mr Twigg in a cupboard at a workshop next to their home in Station Yard, Burgh le Marsh, on 13 March.
The workshop was set alight and Mr Twigg, 46, died after inhaling smoke.
Dixon claimed her partner helped start the fire himself by pouring petrol on the floor of the workshop.
But the hearing heard Dixon had searched the internet for other methods of killing him - including how to inflict fatal head wounds and putting crushed pills in chocolate syrup.
Gordon Aspden, prosecuting, said: "There is clear evidence that David Twigg was remanded against his will, that the murder was a premeditated and planned murder and that the defendant had been contemplating taking his life since at least 7 March, when she began making searches on the internet."
Dixon originally told police the couple had been attacked by masked intruders.
The court previously heard the couple had borrowed a total of £396,000 over the past seven years through loans and remortgaging their home to pay off business debts, credit card bills and for home improvements.
'Treated as a daughter'
Following the hearing Mr Twigg's parents, Janice and Roy, issued a statement, read by Det Insp Andy Wardell.
The couple said they had lost their only son "at the hands of someone they treated as a daughter".
They described Mr Twigg as a decent, hard working man, who took great pride in his work and the service he provided to people.
They said of Ms Dixon: "We do not want to comment on our thoughts about Julie Dixon, who has finally admitted to murdering our wonderful son.
"But we are happy to say we have seen justice finally done."
The couple said they wished to leave Ms Dixon to think about "what she had done" and the "devastating effect this has had on David's family, friends and workmates".
The case was adjourned until the sentencing on 3 January.