Helen Bailey was a very
successful children's author.
She became well-established
after writing the first of five books in the Crazy World of
Electra Brown series in 2008, a set of books aimer at
She was nominated for a “Queen of Teen” award in 2010.
In total she had 22 books of short stories, picture books
and young-adult fiction published.
2013, Ian Stewart and Helen Bailey met through
a group on Facebook, a group for bereaved people looking for
help, support, and friendship.
Helen's husband of fifteen
years, John Sinfield, had died when he drowned while on a
family holiday in Barbados in February 2011.
Stewarts wife allegedly died
from an epileptic seizure in the back garden of the family
home in June 2010.
Stewart bombarded Helen with
2014, A year later they brought a huge £1.5
million mansion together. in Royston, Hertfordshire, most of the money
for the house coming from her.
Stewart and his two adult sons
They were planning a wedding,
and sought legal advise to sort out their financial affairs
in the event of the death of either of them.
On her death,
he would benefit to the sum of at least £1.8m in addition to the
proceeds of the main Royston house and a second home in Broadstairs,
11th April 2016, Stewart
was playing a 'Long Game', and had been giving Ms
Bailey sleeping pills for several months, it was later discovered
that she had typed "Why do I keep falling asleep" into
Stewart then suffocated Helen,
and then killed the family dog, he then dumped both in the
cesspit beneath the garage.
At some point before reporting
her missing, Stewart attempted to amend a monthly standing order from
Ms Bailey's bank account into his own from £600 to £4,000. a
11th April 2016, Helen
last seen in public, walking her dog Boris, a pedigree
15th April 2016,Ian
Stewart reports his partner, Helen Bailey missing from their
home in Royston Hertfordshire.
Police arrested and questioned
Stewart who gave conflicting and confusing stories.
15th July 2016, Police
then secured a search warrant for the Hertfordshire mansion.
Under the garage they discovered the body of Helen Bailey,
and her pet dog, Boris, in the cesspit.
Stewart had previously attempted
to hide the entrance to the pit, which was in the garage, by
parking his car over the cover.
Tuesday 10th January 2017, Trial
begins at St Albans Crown Court.
As well as murder Ian Stewart also faced
charges of fraud, preventing lawful burial and
perverting the course of justice. Stewart denied all
During the trial Stewart claimed that Helen was killed
by two men, known as Joe and Nick, who were ex business
associates of Helen's now dead husband, they were trying
to blackmail him and had kidnapped Helen.
The prosecution found two neighbours with
the exact name, and suggested Stewart had invented two
people, and used neighbours as a way of remembering his
Home Office pathologist Dr Nat Cary told
the jury that it was entirely possible that Helen Bailey
was still alive when she was thrown into the cesspit
full of “human excrement”, although, she was probably
Wednesday 22nd February 2017, At St.
Albans crown court, in court room number one, Stewart is
found guilty, the jury took just over six hours to
return a unanimous guilty verdict.
Stewart was also found guilty of fraud,
preventing a lawful burial and three counts of
perverting the course of justice.
Police have announced they we investigate
again the death of Stewarts wife in 2010.
Thursday 23rd February 2017,
Sentenced to life, with a minimum of 34 years in prison.
Stewart refused to leave his cell for the sentencing./
Judge Andrew Bright said "I am firmly of
the view that you currently pose a real danger to women
with whom you form a relationship."
Andrew Bright QC added "Whilst we will
never know whether you may have had some additional
motive for killing the woman who loved you and wanted to
be your wife, I am in no doubt this is a clear case of a
murder done in the expectation of gain with aggravating
features which make it difficult to imagine a more