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Millionaire 'confessed' to killing his £10,000-a-month escort, court told

Georgina Symonds was found dead at a house in Usk. Credit: Wales News Service

A millionaire allegedly confessed to killing his £10,000-a-month escort in the grounds of his castle - and handed police the keys to a farm workshop where he hid her bound-up body, a murder trial has heard.

Property tycoon Peter Morgan, 54, gave a bunch of keys to police looking for missing Georgina Symonds and said: "You will need those keys - she's locked in the outhouse."

Married Morgan allegedly strangled former burlesque dancer Georgina Symonds, 25, at the bungalow where she lived in the grounds of the castle he owned.

The trial today heard he was "enraged" at her plans to move to London to work as an escort and hatched the murder plot.

A court heard he tied her dead body to a metal pole to carry it in his £52,000 Porsche Cayenne 4x4 from Pencoed Castle in Llanmartin, Gwent.

Morgan - described as "obsessed" - then drove the body 15 miles to his farm and hit it in plastic sheeting in his workshop.

Newport Crown Court heard Morgan told police where he had hidden the body and when he was searched by officers they found several sets of keys in his pockets.

The jury was told officers went to Beech Hill Farm near Usk, Gwent, where they found Georgina's body hidden away.

The court heard Georgina was living in a two bedroom castle bungalow on Pencoed Lane, Llanmartin - in the grounds of the 12th century castle owned by Morgan.

The jury of eight men and four women was told the fear that she would leave him was the "catalyst" to the killing.

Morgan, of Llanellen, near Abergavenny denies murder.

The trial continues and is expected to last three weeks.

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