Helen Bailey killer ‘didn’t seem distressed’ after wife’s death, court hears

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The antheral convicted of sidesplitting the children’s writer Helen Bailey successful 2016 appeared calm pursuing the decease of his woman and determination were nary signs helium had tried to revive her, a paramedic has told a court.

Ian Stewart, 61, is connected proceedings accused of the execution of Diane Stewart, 47, astatine their location successful Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, successful 2010.

Spencer North, a paramedic who attended the country connected 25 June that year, said helium was fto done the gross by Stewart and recovered Diane successful cardiac apprehension successful the couple’s backmost garden.

North said determination were nary of the accustomed signs of panic from Stewart astatine specified a country and nary grounds that helium had tried to execute CPR connected his wife.

“From my nonrecreational experience, erstwhile you spell to a decease of a loved 1 oregon a household subordinate [people] typically amusement a heightened affectional state, screaming, crying, upset,” said North, adding: “In this peculiar lawsuit helium appeared dissociative and was simply answering questions calmly.”

He told jurors astatine Huntingdon crown tribunal that Stewart appeared “initially distracted, idly pacing”. Asked by the prosecutor, Stuart Trimmer QC, however Stewart appeared “emotionally”, North replied that helium “didn’t look peculiarly distressed oregon anxious astatine all”.

North said Stewart told him his woman suffered from epilepsy and that helium had recovered her unresponsive erstwhile helium arrived backmost home. The paramedic said determination “didn’t look to beryllium immoderate effectual CPR but we were told erstwhile helium came retired of the gross that helium was conscionable doing CPR”.

He said: “Generally effectual CPR causes trauma. You crush the ribs, they pop, they snap, the airway is usually open. Not everyone knows however to bash it but that’s what you usually spot if effectual CPR is commenced.” The paramedic said helium saw nary of this.

North said helium saw “blood-stained saliva” connected Diane Stewart’s mouth.

“If determination had been effectual mouth-to-mouth, what would you expect to see?” asked Trimmer.

“That would person been everywhere,” North said. He said determination were “no evident injuries” to Stewart.

An ambulance work signifier completed astatine the country gave the telephone clip arsenic 11.24am. The ambulance was connected country astatine 11.41am and decease was pronounced astatine 12.02pm.

PC Matt Gardner said helium attended and completed a coroner’s study signifier arsenic helium did not measure the decease to beryllium suspicious. Asked however Stewart was erstwhile helium was with him, helium said: “He answered my questions clearly, I wouldn’t accidental distressed, distraught, but radical enactment precise otherwise nether specified circumstances.”

He agreed that helium ascertained that Stewart was the past idiosyncratic to spot his woman alive, signaling that clip arsenic 10.30am connected 25 June.

Stewart denies the execution of his wife.

The proceedings continues.