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Author murder accused 'told son she'd been taken by duo'

By Jack Hardy

The fiance of children's author Helen Bailey told his son she had been "taken" by two violent men, a court heard.

Ian Stewart (56), of Baldock Road, Royston, is accused of drugging and killing the author in April 2016 before dumping her body in the cesspit below the home they shared.

Following his arrest in Decemer he told his son Oliver that two men, Nick and Joe, had repeatedly visited their lavish property demanding paperwork - assaulting him on one occasion.

He claimed one of the men had given him a phone and forced him to follow certain instructions.

Oliver Stewart (21) told Stewart's trial at St Albans Crown Court: "When he was telling me about these people, I could see that he was not joking, I could see the fear.

"Purely by him telling me that, that was the road I can see he was going down."

Prosecutor Stuart Trimmer asked: "What road was that?"

He replied: "That they were linked to the taking of Helen."

Stewart denies charges of murder, fraud, preventing a lawful burial and three counts of perverting the course of justice.

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