Man convicted of murdering his girlfriend
A man who confessed to a family member that he had killed his girlfriend and put her body in a wheelie bin has today (10 May) been convicted of her murder.
Despite making this confession, when questioned by police Dean Lowe, 33, denied killing his partner Kirsty Noden, 32, and claimed she had left with another man.
However, a jury at Truro Crown Court today convicted him of the charge following a trial.
The court heard how Lowe killed Ms Noden, who was also known as Kirby, at their home in Marazion, Cornwall, in January last year. It was the prosecution’s case that he had beaten her to death with a rock and a metal pole.
Ms Noden’s body has never been found.
Lowe was arrested after he sent a Facebook message to his family in May 2017 stating that he had murdered his partner. His family alerted the authorities and police attended the scene.
The rock and metal pole were found at the scene and the couple’s flat, which had not been cleaned for several months, was stained with Ms Noden’s blood.
Lowe will be sentenced on Tuesday 15 May at Exeter Crown Court.
Kathy Taylor, from the CPS, said: “This case demonstrates that through detailed investigation it is possible to prove a murder has taken place, even when the body of the deceased has not been found.
“Dean Lowe denied that he had killed Kirby, claiming she was still alive and had married another man. The CPS was able to present evidence to the jury which proved he was responsible for her death.
“Our thoughts are with Kirby’s family and I hope this conviction can bring some measure of comfort to them.”
Notes to editors
- Kathy Taylor is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS South-West