A Milton Keynes man denied murdering his partner, but pleaded guilty to concealing her body 30 miles from their home at Luton Crown Court this afternoon (Tuesday October 25).
Paul Hemming, 43, pleaded not guilty to murdering 31-year-old mother-of-three Natalie Hemming, but guilty to her manslaughter.
However, Prosecutor Simon Russell-Flint QC told the court that Hemming's plea of guilty to the manslaughter of Natalie was not acceptable and he will stand trial for murder.
Hemming then pleaded guilty to the charge of obstructing a coroner in the execution of his duty by intending to prevent the Coroner of Buckinghamshire from holding an inquest concerning Natalie.
He then sobbed as he pleaded guilty to a further charge of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a body.
The jury was directed to return guilty verdicts on the two lesser charges.
Natalie and Hemming lived together at Alderney Avenue, Newton Leys. She was last seen on Saturday May 1 after leaving her mother's home in Hemel Hempstead.
Her body was found three weeks later, 30 miles from home, at Chandlers Cross, Herts.
The details of the charge concerning the obstructing of a coroner were read in open court today.
Hemming admitted he had intended to prevent the Coroner of Buckinghamshire from holding an inquest concerning the death of Natalie by "concealing her body in a certain place called Toms Hill in Chandlers Cross".
The jury was instructed that the murder trial will begin tomorrow (Wednesday October 26).
Article by OneMK.