A MAN on trial for murder has told jurors he is “hurt” by the allegations made against him.
Adrian Muir is accused of killing Pamela Jackson at her Chester-le-Street home on March 2 before burying her body, with a bunch of flowers in a Tesco carrier bag, on the moors in West Yorkshire.
The body lay undiscovered for two months.
Muir, of Halifax, West Yorkshire, denies murder and is being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.
On his first day of giving evidence Muir was asked by his barrister Robert Woodcock QC if he had murdered his 55-year-old former lover.
Muir told jurors: “No, I did not.”
Mr Woodcock asked the 51-year-old if he had been present at the time of her death or been involved in her burial.
Muir replied: “No I did not and this hurts me very much, these things being said.”
During his evidence Muir told the court Ms Jackson had claimed to be a millionaire doctor when they first met through a website called Fling.com.
He told jurors he had started living with Miss Jackson, who he knew as Chrissie, after just a matter of weeks and soon started to believe she had a “split personality” with frequent mood swings.
Muir added: “I’m still madly in love with Chrissie now, I love her to bits.”
Muir said on March 2 he and Ms Jackson had argued after he refused to help her put Botox injections into her face and the procedure appeared to go wrong.
He added: “She was on about going to stop with her friend or something.
“I just took it she didn’t want anyone else to see her.
“She just said ‘leave me alone for a few days’.
“I said ‘I would rather be here to look after you and that’.
“She said ‘no, I just want you to go, just give me a few days’.”
Muir said he drove to the moors in West Yorkshire alone and spent the night there, “confused, heartbroken and in tears” in relation to various aspects of his life.
He denies murder.
The trial continues.