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Rui Li murder case: Bigamist's son 'did not check' for body in boot

Rui Li Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Rui Li's body was found in the boot of a car

The son of a bigamist accused of murdering one of his wives has told a court he was not involved in a conspiracy to kill the woman.

Jonathan Legris said he thought Rui Li's body might have been in the boot of a car he drove from Bournemouth to Christchurch but he had not looked.

His father, Pierre Legris, 61, denies murdering the 44-year-old for her life insurance in May last year.

The nurse's body was found in the Fiat Punto a week after she went missing.

The moment Jonathan Legris parked the Fiat in Christchurch was captured on CCTV.

The 27-year-old racing driver denies conspiracy to murder and assisting an offender.

His mother, Irene Smith, the first wife of Pierre Legris, denies conspiracy to murder and perverting the course of justice.

'Sexual services'

Ms Li, a Chinese national who moved to the UK in 2003, 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".

The prosecution alleges Ms Li was bludgeoned to death by her husband as part of a conspiracy that also involved his other wife and his son Jonathan Legris.

Prosecutors say Mr Legris wrapped up his Ms Li's body in plastic sheets and moved it several times, finally to the boot of the car where it was discovered in Verwood Crescent on 30 May.

Mr Legris reported Ms Li missing at Bournemouth police station on 27 May.

Before the start of the trial, Mr Legris admitted an offence of bigamy in marrying Ms Li in 2007, despite being married to Ms Smith since 1987.

The trial continues.

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