A man accused of murdering his partner and burying her on moorland has claimed she was still alive two days after he is alleged to have killed her.
Adrian Muir is on trial accused of murdering Pamela Jackson then transporting her body to bleak West Yorkshire moorland and burying her.
Giving evidence yesterday, Muir told jurors at Newcastle Crown Court he was not responsible for Pamela’s death or for burying her 120 miles from her home.
Prosecutors claim Muir murdered the gran on Saturday, March 2, but Muir claims she was alive and well two days later, when he said he gave her a leg massage.
Muir claimed Pamela, 55, who he called Chrissie, had told him to leave on the Saturday after she injected her face with Botox and it went wrong.
But he insisted he was still “madly in love” with his alleged victim and claimed when he turned up at her home two days later she was there.
Asked about a message he left on his own phone on the Saturday night, apparently confessing to having hurt Pamela, Muir claimed that was referring to an earlier incident when he had pushed her after she came at him with a knife.
Muir said he “knows every inch” of the moors above his home town of Halifax where Pamela’s body was found and admitted he was there at the time he left the message, but claimed he was just staying the night.
Questioned about the voicemail, Muir said: “At the time I left it I was absolutely heartbroken and thinking I had no-one in the world who wanted me.
“Chrissie had gone away and I thought she was seeing someone else, Susan (his former partner) would not answer me. I just felt so low, I was confused, heartbroken and in tears.
“I’m still madly in love with Chrissie now, I love her to bits.”
Muir said on Monday, March 4, he travelled back to the North East.
He admitted cleaning his car at Morrisons, in Chester-le-Street, but said that was only with a view to trying to sell it.
And he explained blood found in his Kia vehicle had come from the couple having sex.
Muir said when he went to Pamela’s home at The Crescent, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, on March 4, she answered the door wearing his slippers.
He said: “I wanted to give her a kiss but she pulled away. Eventually I got a little cuddle.
“She said she had a pain in the ear and I put some drops in.
“She has deep vein thrombosis and I crouched down in front of her and massaged her legs.
“She was OK. She said she still wanted some time by herself and didn’t want me there.
“Something was troubling her, she said somebody had been pestering her.”
Asked by his barrister, Robert Woodcock QC: “Did you murder her?”, Muir replied: “No I didn’t.”
Mr Woodcock asked: “Did you take any part in the burial of her body?”
Muir said: “No I didn’t. This hurts me very much, these things being said.”
Muir, a dry stone waller and welder, said he had met Pamela on an online dating website and claimed she convinced him she was a wealthy doctor with property abroad and who drove a BMW.
The 51-year-old, from Halifax, denies murder and will continue giving evidence today.
The trial continues.