Body in burning car trial

The trial has begun of three people, charged with murder following the discovery of a body in a burnt-out car in Somerset last September.

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Catherine may have been suffocated with a pillow

The trial of Catherine Wells-Burr continues Credit: ITV News West Country

Richard Smith QC, prosecuting, told jurors that Catherine Wells-Burr went to bed as normal on the night of September 11, unaware of the fate that was to befall her in the early hours of the following day.

"No doubt Catherine fell herself to sleep," Mr Smith said.

"The sensible inference that we will be inviting you to conclude at the end of this case, from all the evidence, is she never probably woke up.

"She slept as Nowak waited for Anna Lagwinowicz and Tadevsz Dmytryszyn in the early hours made their way from Taunton to Chard.

"And so the early hours arrived. Catherine is asleep, Nowak is murderously awake and his two accomplices have arrived in Chard.

"It may be that she was suffocated with a pillow, that is a possible scenario.

"Such was the state of her body that in those circumstances it is difficult to be certain.

"Nowak was painfully aware that it had to be a quiet killing because of the paper thin walls - screams and violence would be noticed.

"Suffocated with a pillow may possibly meet that requirement."

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"love you Dad": last text sent by Catherine Wells-Burr

Catherine Wells-Burr was found dead last September Credit: ITV News West Country

Prosecution say Catherine Wells-Burr spent the evening before her death on her exercise bike. She shared a bath with Novak.

She then sent a text to her father saying: "love you dad."

Richard Smith (prosecuting) said "that was the last communication she had with anyone apart from her murderers."

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Jury shown CCTV of accused filling petrol can

The jury in the trial of three people accused of the murder of Catherine Wells-Burr has watched CCTV apparently showing Anna Lagwinowicz and Tadevsz Dmytryszyn filling up petrol container at a petrol station on Sunday 9th September 2012.

Catherine's body was found in a burning car at Ashill near Ilminster on 13th September. Her boyfriend Rafal Nowak, Anna Lagwinowicz and Tadevsz Dmytryszyn all deny her murder.

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Prosecution: defendants made up a mystery lover

The prosecution in the case of three people accused of the murder of Catherine Wells-Burr says they tried to make it look like a mystery man was responsible.

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Prosecution say Anna buys SIM card on Sat 8th to send texts to Catherine's phone, pretending to be from a 'mystery lover'.

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Allegedly Anna practices texts that night. Notes found in her bin with the 'practice messages' written on them, both in Eng and Polish.

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One practice 'message' read 'Did you get my text message? (...) I miss you baby. Meet with me. Give me 20 mins.'

Rafal Nowak, Anna Lagwinowicz and Tadevsz Dmytryszyn all deny Catherine's murder.

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Nowak stood to gain £123,000 in life insurance

Catherine Wells-Burr was a graduate from Bath Spa University Credit: Family

The jury in the trial of three people for the murder of 23-year-old Catherine Wells-Burr in Somerset has heard that her boyfriend Rafal Nowak stood to gain £123,000 in life insurance from her death.

Rafal Nowak, Anna Lagwinowicz and Tadevsz Dmytryszyn all deny Catherine's murder.

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Murder accused invented a "mystery man"

Richard Smith, the Prosecutor in the Catherine Wells-Burr murder trial told the court that the three accused set up a false story that Catherine was seeing an unknown, mystery man. They wanted people, including the police, to think he was responsible.

He said the defendants bought mobile phones and sim cards to create false mobile phone traffic and added,"They thought they could get away with it."

Rafal Nowak, Anna Lagwinowicz and Tadevsz Dmytryszyn all deny murder.

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