Laureline Garcia-Bertaux death: Friends were ‘alarmed’ by texts

Laureline Garcia-Bertaux death: Friends were 'alarmed' by texts
Laureline Garcia-BertauxImage copyright Met Police
Image caption Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was discovered buried in a shallow grave in her backyard

A good friend of a French movie producer who was discovered buried in a shallow grave in her backyard grew to become suspicious after she acquired “strange” messages from her telephone, a courtroom has heard.

Kirill Belorusov, 32, is accused of killing Laureline Garcia-Bertaux at her London dwelling after which sending texts from her cell to cowl his tracks.

Beth Penman instructed the Old Bailey she grew to become “confused” by the messages a few buying spree and a “fit” vet.

Mr Belorusov denies homicide.

On 5 March, the 34-year-old was discovered bare, sure, wrapped in bin luggage and buried in a flower mattress within the again backyard of her flat in Kew.

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Image caption The jury was proven CCTV of Kirill Belorusov at Luton airport the place he caught a flight to Estonia

The jury was instructed Ms Penman grew to become involved after receiving “confusing” messages from her shut good friend’s telephone days earlier than she was discovered.

One described Ms Garcia-Bertaux occurring a buying spree in Oxford Street, which Ms Penman mentioned was “completely” stunning as a result of her good friend most popular buying on-line.

Further texts talked about how she needed to be “young and hot again”, whereas one other on 3 March spoke about assembly a “fit” vet.

When requested by prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC whether or not it was “the kind of thing Laureline might do?”, Ms Penman replied: “No. It seemed far-fetched to me.”

She additionally instructed Mr Glasgow that she was alarmed by the messages.

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Image caption The courtroom heard Mr Belorusov purchased provides in Homebase earlier than the killing

Prosecutors have instructed the courtroom Mr Belorusov owed the sufferer 1000’s of kilos, and he had tricked his approach into her dwelling the place he strangled her.

The jury has additionally heard the 32-year-old was captured on CCTV shopping for an axe, rubble sacks and plastic clogs in Homebase, which he used to get rid of her physique.

Following the homicide, Mr Belorusov fled to Estonia, his dwelling nation, however was introduced again to Britain to face trial, prosecutors have mentioned.

The trial continues.

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