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Stephen Marshall & SARAH BUSH

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Kill date: March 2009


Jeffrey Howe

Date of Birth: 1972

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Sunday 22nd March 2009

A severed left leg, with foot still attached, was discovered in a green Gulliver bag in a lay-by off the A507 near Cottered in Hertfordshire.


Monday 30th March 2009,

Walkers found part of a human arm in a grass verge in Drovers Lane, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire,

The forearm, which was missing the hand, was found without clothing and was not contained in anything.


Tuesday 31st March 2009,

A human head is found In a field next to Hoby Road in Asfordby, Leicestershire

Friday 3rd April 2009, Police reveal that they have forensically linked the head to the other body parts

Tuesday 7th April 2009, Hertfordshire Police were called at 12:45pm after a member of the public found a right leg near a lay-by on the A10 Puckeridge bypass. The leg was some 20 feet back from the lay-by. Police are carrying out tests to see if it matches the other body parts already found.

Saturday 11th April 2009, Gore Lane, Standon, Hertfordshire, a torso found in a ditch near to the A10 had the right arm and upper left arm attached. Police confirmed it matches the other body parts already found

Tuesday14th April 2009, Police confirmed that the man was stabbed in the back with a large knife that pierced the body cavity, he had been stabbed twice, one piercing the ling, this was the fatal blow.

21st April, 2009, 2 people arrested on suspicion of murder.

23rd April 2009, Jeffrey Howe a 49 year old kitchen salesman from Southgate in North London, is named as the victim.

24th April 2009, The 2 arrested people have been named as Stephen Thomas Marshall aged 37, from Ayot Path in Borehamwood and Sarah Bush aged 20, from Pickard Close in London.

Saturday 25th April 2009, Marshall and Bush appear at Stevenage Magistrates court charged with murder.

Friday 1st May 2009, Marshall and Bush appeared via video link at St. Albans crown court, and were charged with murdering Jeffery Howe between 7th and 22nd March 2009. they were remanded in custody.

Monday, 19th October 2009, Marshall and Bush  both appeared by video link at St Albans crown court charged with murder, both denied the charge.


Tuesday 12th January 2010, At St Albans crown court, Marshall admitted dismembering the body but denies murder.

Sarah bush also denied murder.

But, Marshall pleaded guilty to two counts of perverting the course of justice by giving false information about the whereabouts of Mr Howe when police were conducting a missing person investigation and by dismembering his body and disposing of the parts in different places to impede the investigation.
He also pleaded guilty to intending to prevent a coroner from holding an inquest by disposing of the body in various locations across the two counties.


Monday 1st February 2010, Marshall found guilty of murder. he must serve at least 36 years for the killing of Jeffrey Howe. His partner Sarah Bush must serve three years for perverting the course of justice.


the court also heard that Marshall, who had links to London's infamous Adams crime family, cut up bodies in the 1990s.

Shortly before he was sentenced, Marshall's barrister said Marshall had explained to him how he dismembered the bodies of four unidentified men who had been killed earlier.  Hertfordshire police are to investigate these claims.



St Albans Crown Court

Prosecuting barrister - Stuart Trimmer QC

Defence barrister Peter Doyle QC

Judge - Mr Justice Cooke


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