Prosecutors tell hearing that manslaughter plea is not acceptable

Andrew Lindo
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A MUSIC teacher charged with murdering his partner has admitted killing her before putting her body in a suitcase, a court heard.

Andrew Lindo - a supply teacher at Myers Grove and Wisewood schools in Sheffield, who also taught at Take 2 theatre school in Birdwell, Barnsley - appeared at Bradford Crown Court yesterday charged with murdering 30-year-old Marie Stewart.

Lawyers representing the 28-year-old told a judge he is prepared to admit the manslaughter of the mum-of-two, whose body was found in the garage of their home in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, at the weekend.

Lindo was charged with murder after the grim discovery - and prosecutors told a preliminary hearing a plea to manslaughter was not acceptable. A trial date was fixed for August 30. The court heard the issue was one of provocation.

Colin Byrne, defending, said: “He accepts he is responsible for the killing.”

The Recorder of Bradford Judge James Stewart QC ruled certain details which emerged in court could be reported, and said: “The issue is what caused him to kill the victim.

“He has raised the issue of provocation. It strikes me that is going to be the sole issue in the case.”

Police were contacted by Miss Stewart’s relatives, worried they had not seen her since Christmas. A post-mortem examination showed she died from multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma.

Unshaven Lindo, who appeared in court in a blue jumper and trousers, with thick dark hair and glasses, stared ahead with his hands clasped throughout the preliminary hearing.

He was remanded in custody to return to the court in June for a plea and case management hearing.

A Sheffield Council spokeswoman confirmed: “Lindo was engaged for services on a temporary basis as a peripatetic teacher at Wisewood School and Myers Grove School to teach a small number of private pupils. All parents and carers of those pupils concerned have been informed directly. We are unable to comment further.”