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Music teacher who kept fiancee's corpse in flight bag jailed for life

A philandering music teacher who carried on an affair with his lover after brutally murdering his fiancee was jailed for life today.

Andrew Lindo, 29, who led a double life dating a string of women, strangled, battered and stabbed Marie Stewart to death before storing her body in a flight bag in the garage of their home.

Hours later, Lindo put their two children in his car and went to collect his latest lover, Angela Rylance, then spent the night with her in the bedroom where the murder took place.

Sentencing him to life at Bradford Crown Court, Mr Justice Andrew Smith told Lindo he would serve a minimum of 22 years behind bars.

Lindo admitted killing his partner, who was the mother of his two children, but he denied murder.

He claimed he lost control following a row with Miss Stewart, 30, during which he accused her of mistreating their daughter.

A jury took less than an hour to reject his claim yesterday.

Miss Stewart, 30, described as a caring and devoted mother who worked with disabled children, was set upon by Lindo while their children were asleep in the house in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.

Lindo - described as an "inveterate and accomplished liar" - had been living a double life, having affairs with a number of women. There was also an allegation he was involved with a 15-year-old girl.

Mr Justice Andrew Smith said Lindo had shown "extraordinary and chilling lack of remorse".

He said the parole board would have to take into account his "extraordinary cunning and facility for deceit" before he was considered for release.

Lindo showed no emotion as he was sentenced.

The judge said it was a "cruel and sustained" attack on his partner.

He said the motive for the killing remained unclear, but it appeared his double life had finally caught up with him.

Mr Justice Smith added: "There could hardly be a more heartless device for concealing your crime and Marie's body and if anything could add to the tragedy and loss of a daughter, sister and friend, that was calculated to do so."

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