Killer was a ‘charmer’

Accused: Andrew Lindo.
Accused: Andrew Lindo.

A SOUTH Yorkshire music teacher accused of murdering his fiancee and storing her body in a bag was today described as a ‘charmer’ who saw two women at the same time.

Alison Doram and Amy Wilde both had relationships with Andrew Lindo, who was living with his partner Marie Stewart at the time.

Bradford Crown Court was told he strangled, battered and stabbed Miss Stewart – the mother of his two children – before storing her body in a bag.

It was alleged Lindo, aged 29, was living a double life with another woman, Angela Rylance, and was planning a future with her.

The jury was told of the relationships Lindo had with Miss Doram and Miss Wilde, who were both music teachers.

In a statement read to the court, Miss Wilde, who was married at the time, said she met Lindo through the Take 2 Centre in Birdwell, Barnsley, where they both worked.

They became good friends and ‘flirted’ and exchanged text messages when she went on holiday to Italy with her husband.

In one message she put ‘wish you were here’ and Lindo replied ‘me too’. She said she ‘fell for Andrew increasingly’ but it was noticed by her husband and affected her relationship with him.

Her relationship with Lindo progressed to kissing and cuddling but ‘fizzled out by mutual agreement’ and was not sexual.

She said Lindo had maintained to her that Miss Stewart had left him in the summer of 2009.

She eventually spoke to Miss Doram, a dance teacher, who was also in a relationship with Lindo.

The two women went round to his house in Holmfirth to confront him, but did not speak to him.

Miss Wilde’s statement read: “I chose not to believe his stories and took everything with a pinch of salt.”

Alison Doram detailed her relationship with Lindo in her statement. She recalled how she stayed over one night but saw no suggestion of a woman, with no toiletries on show.

“I believed I was in a relationship with Andrew exclusively. The more I got to know him the more I fell for him,” she said.

She said she eventually looked at Miss Stewart’s Facebook profile which read ‘waiting for Andrew to come home’.

When she looked on her Facebook page again, it said Miss Stewart was engaged and Lindo had been away for the weekend.

Her statement added: “I was very upset and hurt by what I saw. I cried a lot. He denied anything to do with Marie.”

Her statement continued: “It transpired we were both seeing Andrew at the same time and he was trying to stop us talking to each other.”

She described Lindo as a ‘nice person, a charmer’ but ‘a liar and a cheat from my experience’.

Lindo admits manslaughter but denies murdering his partner in December last year, at their home in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.