Exfiancés brotherinlaw admits murdering midwife Samantha Eastwood after affair

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The court heard that Miss Eastwood had been found in a shallow grave, with masking tape around her face and eyes, and had been wrapped inside a single duvet cover.Today, Mr Miskin told the court: “He panicked afterwards and buried her in an area of which he had some knowledge.”He entirely accepts that he tried, wholly dishonestly, to mislead others in the afternoon after the killing.”He is absolutely horrified about what happened and is deeply sorry, not for himself, but for all the others who are victims of this crime.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Samantha Eastwood The case was widely shared on social media as the desperate search for the missing midwife dragged on. But when the discovery of her body was made, her family said in a statement issued through Staffordshire Police: “We would like to say thank you to all the people who followed Samantha’s story and tried their best to help.” An extended member of Samantha Eastwood’s ex-fiancé’s family has admitted murdering the midwife, who was found buried in a shallow grave in Staffordshire a week after being reported missing.Michael Stirling pleaded guilty to the murder at Northampton Crown Court today.After Stirling entered his plea, the defendant’s barrister Charles Miskin QC addressed the court. He said: “This was not a pre-meditated act. The context of the killing was a background of growing tension arising from a longstanding, but not particularly intense affair.”An earlier hearing heard how the midwife was found in a shallow grave, wrapped in a duvet cover and with tape around her eyes and face.Stirling, of Gratton Road, Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent, is the brother-in-law of Miss Eastwood’s ex-fiancé, John Peake, and was accused of murdering the midwife between July 26 and August 5 at Baddeley Green, Stoke.Mr Miskin told the court on Monday said that on the afternoon of the killing “various things were said” between the two, “which led to him becoming very angry”.He added: “There was an argument in that context and that led to him being very angry.”After a struggle and while she was on the floor, he put his hands over her throat, her mouth and nose, and as a result of that she died.” The body of Miss Eastwood, 28, was discovered in a rural area near Caverswall, Staffordshire, in August – eight days after going missing.Michael Stirling, 32, appeared then at Stafford Crown Court charged with murdering the popular Royal Stoke Hospital worker. Michael Stirling, 32, leaves North Staffordshire Magistrates’ Court in Newcastle-under-LymeCredit:Peter Byrne/PA Michael Stirling, 32, leaves North Staffordshire Magistrates' Court in Newcastle-under-Lyme Samantha Eastwood Mr Miskin said: “During his intense rage, he originally intended to cause her really serious bodily harm, but matters escalated and he carried out the intention to kill her.”Jonas Hankin QC, prosecuting, said that two days before the murder Stirling had researched methods on how to “kill oneself”.He added: “There were searches made on a laptop, two days before the killing.”The subject matter appears to relate to research into methods by which one might kill oneself, in particular using carbon monoxide, or involving suffocation and involving ingestion of poison, specifically anti-freeze.”Mr Hankin added Stirling had a “history of mental health problems” as recently as 2015, and asked for permission through the court, from the defendant, to access his medical records.Stirling was remanded in custody to appear at Stafford Crown Court for sentencing on December 3.Addressing Stirling, Mrs Justice Carr said: “Mr Stirling, you have now pleaded guilty to the charge of murdering Samantha Eastwood and we will now proceed to sentence.”I’ll adjourn for further investigations and finals arrangements for that.”

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