Merk argiewe: Cunning

Lab worker ‘strangled co-worker, dumped her body & staged cunning cover-up

A LAB worker strangled his colleague then slashed her throat before dumping her body in undergrowth on a country lane, 'n hof gehoor.

Ross McCullum allegedly attacked Megan Newborough, 23, “with great violencebefore embarking on acalculated and carefully executed” maak toe.

Megan Newborough was strangled and dumped in undergrowth

Megan Newborough was strangled and dumped in undergrowthKrediet: PA

The 30-year-old strangled HR Advisor Megan then told police he cut her throat tomake sureshe was dead, jurielede gehoor het.

Leicester Crown Court was told McCullum admits manslaughter but denies murder on the basis he had aloss of control”.

Prosecutor John Cammegh KC said the pair met each other in June last year while working at Leicestershire-based brick company Ibstock.

They had exchanged flirtatious messages and were in arelationship of sortsfor around a month before Megan was killed, jurielede gehoor het.

She was said to haveindulged the defendant with nothing but empathy, kindness and endless patienceduring the fling.

Op Augustus 6 laas jaar, Megan drove to McCullum’s parent’s home in Coalville, Leicestershire, where she was killed sometime between 8.15pm and 8.50pm.

Mr Cammegh said: “He would have shown her into the front room. And at some point within the next 30 aan 40 minutes he attacked her with great violence.

The court was told that after making an attempt to clean bloodstains from the carpet at his parents house, McCullum changed his clothes.

He then dragged Megan’s body to her white Citroen C3 and texted her sayingYou are f***ing amazingfollowed by a smiley face and three kisses, dit is gesê.

Jurors were told he dumped the HR advisor’s body over a stone wall into atall, dense mass of bracken tangled with overgrown brambles”.

McCullum also allegedlyjettisonedMegan’s iPhone into thick undergrowth and was captured on CCTV chucking blood-stained clothing into bins.

He then ditched Megan’s car, changed his clothes and got a taxi to take him near to his home topresumably avoid prying eyes”, het die hof gehoor.

Jurors heard McCullum also texted and called Megan’s phone that night and the following morning tofurther cover his tracks”.

Megan was reported missing on August 7 and McCullum was later arrested.

While being quizzed by police, her partially clothed body was discovered.


A post-mortem found she had 14 neck wounds in total, het die hof gehoor.

Officers recovered 3,500 WhatsApp messages between the pair thatquicklychanged from beinglargely innocent to overwhelmingly sexual”, dit is gesê.

Jurors were told how McCullum becameincreasingly distorted and unpleasantin the texts and spoke of sexual fetishes where he wanted Megan to call himLord Commander”.

Mr Cammegh said: “As I have mentioned to you, the defendant accepts he killed Megan but he denies murder.

You may be wondering what his defence is. In essence he says that he was incapable, either through a temporary loss of control or an abnormality of the mind, to form the intent to kill her or to do her really serious harm.

Given that defence you may wish to consider the relevance of the defendant’s behaviour from the moment when he strangled Megan, throughout the night that followed and into the next day.

The Crown’s case is that the defendant embarked immediately upon a series of deliberate actions carefully calculated and carefully executed to cover up Megan’s murder and his role in it.

The Crown say this behaviour conclusively exposes the fact that he was not momentarily struck by an irresistible wave of emotion or some other disability of the mind, committing a terrible act in difficult circumstances, but that he was a cunning and resourceful murderer.

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McCullum denies murder but admits manslaughter

McCullum denies murder but admits manslaughter