Children’s author joked a cesspit would be a good place to hide a body, before her own was dumped in it

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    The brother of a popular children’s author who was killed and her body dumped in a cesspit has told a court that she had previously joked about what a good place it would be to hide a corpse.

    Helen Bailey, 51 was discovered among excrement in the cesspit at her £1.5m mansion in Hertfordshire in the UK last summer. Her brother John Bailey has now told a jury at St Albans Crown Court that his sister had joked about how it would be a good spot to get rid of a body.

    Ms Bailey’s 56 year old fiancé Ian Stewart is currently on trial, but denies plying her with drugs and then murdering her, before placing her corpse in the cesspit. However, Mr Bailey said Mr Stewart had been there at the time that the conversation about the cesspit, which was under the home’s garage floor, took place.

    Funny and intelligent

    He said that the trio had gone into the garage because the previous owner of the property had temporarily left his vehicle there and was coming to get it. There, they started talking about the well, when his sister made her joke. The heartbroken brother described Ms Bailey as intelligent, strong-willed and extremely funny when he was asked about his sister while he was giving evidence.

    Mr Bailey also said his sister was a kind person who would help any friend in need and that she worried about the health of her family. Ms Bailey met her fiancé online on a site for bereaved spouses. He revealed that the couple had been thinking about getting married, but postponed their plans because Stewart had needed an operation.

    The trial continues and the jury is expected to make a visit to the site where tragic Ms Bailey’s body was found. Stewart is denying murder, fraud and perverting the course of justice.

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