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Ian Stewart branded a 'real danger to women' as he's jailed for life

Ian Stewart was jailed for life with a minimum of 34 years for murdering his finance Helen Bailey. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A judge branded the partner of the children's author Helen Bailey a 'real danger to women' as he handed him a minimum 34 year sentence for her murder.

Judge Andrew Bright said Ian Stewart had committed a long planned murder before telling a 'callous series of lies', and that Helen Bailey's family would have to live with the consequences of his 'wicked crime'.

He said it was likely Stewart would die behind bars.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Chloe Keedy

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Ian Stewart jailed for 34 years for killing fiancé Helen Bailey

Cesspit killer Ian Stewart has been jailed for at least 34 years. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Cesspit killer Ian Stewart has been jailed for at least 34 years after being convicted of murdering his fiancee, the children's author Helen Bailey in Royston in Hertfordshire.

Stewart, 56, had always protested his innocence - for three months he lied to police and Helen’s family and friends in an effort to make it look as though she had gone missing.

He spent weeks poisoning Helen Bailey with prescription sedatives before smothering her in a "heinous" plot motivated by greed.

Following a seven-week trial at St Albans Crown Court, Judge Andrew Bright sentenced the murderous computer expert, who refused to attend the hearing, to life with a minimum term of 34 years.

"I am firmly of the view that you currently pose a real danger to women with whom you form a relationship."

– Judge Andrew Bright

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'You're joking': Watch the moment Ian Stewart is arrested

This is the moment Ian Stewart was arrested on suspicion of murdering his partner Helen Bailey.

The 56-year-old was still in bed when police entered the couple's home in Royston last July.

He then came downstairs in his dressing gown, and reacted with surprise when officers told him he was being arrested.

The whole incident was captured on a bodycam worn by one of the officers present.

The following day Helen's body was found in a cesspit under the garage.

Police: Ian Stewart a 'particularly wicked individual'

The man who led the investigation into the murder of children's author Helen Bailey's has described her killer Ian Stewart as a "particularly wicked individual."

56-year-old Stewart was found guilty of drugging and killing Ms Bailey in a murder plot driven by money.

Speaking outside St Albans Crown Court, Detective Chief Inspector Jerome Kent said he was glad to see Stewart behind bars.

"He must be a particularly wicked individual," Mr Kent said.

"He purported to love her, and yet not only can he kill her, but then he can dispose her body into a cesspit and eventually tell lies in open court.

"It's the mark of a very wicked by quite calculated individual."

Police to reinvestigate death of Ian Stewart's wife

Det Ch Insp Jerome Kent speaks to the press outside St Albans Crown Court. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have confirmed they will reinvestigate the death of Ian Stewart's first wife Diane Stewart following his conviction for the murder of his fiancé Helen Bailey.

Mrs Stewart died in 2010, with an inquest finding that she had an epileptic fit in the garden.

Det Ch Insp Jerome Kent was quick to point out at St Albans Crown Court that there is currently 'no suggestion Diane Stewart died of anything other than natural causes', but admitted that the Helen Bailey murder trial potentially opens up new suspicion.

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