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Helen Bailey murder trial adjourned as partner taken ill

Ian Stewart denies murdering his partner, the children's author Helen Bailey.

The partner of children's author Helen Bailey has been unable to attend the trial where he is accused of her murder, due to illness.

Ian Stewart, 56, is accused of drugging and killing the writer at the home they shared in Royston, Hertfordshire, in April 2016.

Three months after her disappearance, Ms Bailey's body was discovered, alongside her pet dog Boris, in a cesspit deep below her £1.5 million house.

Jurors at St Albans Crown Court were told by Judge Andrew Bright that Stewart was "not well enough to even come to court".

The case was adjourned until Thursday 19 January.

Mr Stewart defendant denies charges of murder, preventing a lawful burial, fraud and three counts of perverting the course of justice.

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Helen Bailey trial is played the call her partner made reporting her missing

Murdered author Helen Bailey

A jury in the Helen Bailey murder trial has been played a tape of the phone call made by her partner Ian Stewart to report her missing to police.

In the call on 15th April he claimed she had left a note saying she needed space and not to contact her in any way.

Mr Stewart told police she was a natural worrier and things hadn't been going well for her.

He also said he and Helen WERE planning to get married before correcting himself and repeating we ARE planning to get married

Helen Bailey murder trial hears partner asked about selling her property

Murdered author Helen Bailey. Her partner Ian Stewart is on trial accused of killing her

A court has heard how the partner of Helen Bailey asked whether a property in her ownership could be sold in her absence after she went missing.

Solicitor Timothy Penn told St Albans Crown Court that Ian Stewart claimed he had power of attorney and wanted to know if it was sufficient to enable the sale of a flat in Gateshead to be sold for £185,000.

Mr Penn told the court he'd confirmed to Ian Stewart that he wouldn't proceed with the transaction until he heard from Helen Bailey.

The trial is continuing

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Brother of author Helen Bailey to give evidence at murder trial

The brother of children's author Helen Bailey has arrived at court to give evidence at her partner's murder trial.

The 51-year-old writer's body was found in a cesspit in the grounds of her home in Royston, Hertfordshire in July 2016. She had been missing for three months.

Ian Stewart, who was engaged to Helen Bailey, is accused of her murder, fraud, preventing a lawful burial and perverting the course of justice. He denies all the charges.

Miss Bailey's brother, John Bailey, arrived at court this morning. He is expected to give evidence later today.

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