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Jury out in trial of man accused of murdering girl found dead in wardrobe

Ashley Foster has admitted preventing the decent and lawful burial of Megan Bills but denies murdering her in a hostel in the West Midlands.

A jury has retired in the trial of a 24-year-old man accused of murdering a teenager whose body was hidden in a clingfilm-wrapped wardrobe for more than a fortnight.

Ashley Foster has admitted preventing the decent and lawful burial of Megan Bills but denies murdering her in his room at a hostel in Brierley Hill, West Midlands.

A seven-day trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court has heard that Foster was released from prison three days before 17-year-old Megan was allegedly strangled during what the prosecution say was a violent sexual attack.

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Wolverhampton Crown Court

Foster, the Crown claim, left Megan’s body in his room and locked the door behind him after killing her using a shirt as a ligature on Easter Sunday last year.

Staff at the Highgate Road hostel found Megan’s badly decomposed remains on May 4 but a post-mortem examination failed to establish the cause of her death.

The court has heard that Foster wrote a letter to his sister three days later, in which he claimed Megan had died accidentally and that he had not meant to hurt her.

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