Mum 'left clues to find her killer after fearing she was in danger’ after double 'murderer' texted her | The Sun
A MUM left clues to find her killer after fearing she would be murdered when an alleged double murderer texted her, a court heard.
Alex Morgan, 34, left a note and directions to Little Bridge Farm where she worried she would die, Duncan Atkinson KC told a jury.
Mark Brown, 41, of East Sussex, denies murdering two women at Little Bridge Farm.
The jury were shown screenshots of WhatsApp messages between mum Alex and Brown in the days before she disappeared on November 14 last year.
In the messages, Brown wrote: “A job has come up I could use you on.
“It’s risk free and worth a lot of money. Over a 100k. I’ll fill you in properly in person.”
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Duncan Atkinson told the jury Brown had been searching for violent porn online around the same time of the WhatsApp messages.
He said: “Just before the second set of messages, the defendant had searched on the word ‘beaten’ and that just after the last set he had searched on the word ‘rape’.
“You will want to consider whether it is a coincidence that Alex Morgan should die when she attended her rendezvous, or whether what she feared was what the defendant intended.”
The court heard Brown told a work friend he was going to prison for double murder despite only being arrested over the death of one woman.
Asked if he had killed two women, Brown said he could not comment.
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The court heard he said: “It depends on what they find at my yard.”
Mr Aktinson told the jury: “The defendant told him “the police have my phone and I am going to be arrested”.
“He was asked what for and said “Murder… double… I’m going away for 25 to life."
Mr Atkinson said: “The reference by the defendant to “double”, at a time when he had not been arrested for the murder of Leah Ware was significant."
Brown had also taken elaborate steps to cover his track according to Mr Atkinson.
He added: “The steps taken demonstrate careful thought and cool, callous preparation.
“They are the product not of panic at an accident but of responsibility for a killing."
“Each of them did not just disappear from Little Bridge Farm, but died there."
Part time security guard and labourer, Mark Brown had offered sex worker Alex Morgan a large sum of money to spend a number of days with him.
Atkinson continued: “The defendant had offered her an extremely well paid job at the hotel that he provided security at, and thus in Brighton.
“She clearly realised that it may not be above board, because she left that trail of clues for her sons, and the police, to find.”
Police found a large sum of cash, mobile telephone and handwritten notes at Alex Morgan’s home. One note included the PIN for a mobile phone.
The phone had stored pictures which the note described as “photos evidence Brighton Premier Inn or Travel Lodge, security company on site”.
The note also included instructions on where to find Little Bridge Farm, it read: “check postcode TN34 5NY Rock Lane, opposite Bartletts."
Mr Atkinson told the jury: “The note thus referred to where the defendant worked as security and to the location where Morgan was to travel to meet him, and, perhaps as she feared, to meet her death.”
Brown had been working at a building site in Sevenoaks when Alex Morgan disappeared and had asked his employer if he could dump something in a skip.
Police identified charred teeth and bone fragments found around a brazier in the skip as belonging to Alex Morgan.
Jewellery and hair straighteners belonging to Alex were also found in the skip.
“You can therefore conclude that beyond question, very sadly, Alexandra Morgan is dead,” Mr Atkinson said.
Lewes Crown Court in Hove heard a stash of prescription drugs for another woman were found in his van.
Leah Ware, 33, had been kept as a virtual prisoner at Little Bridge Farm and had not been seen for six months when Brown was quizzed over Morgan's murder.
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Mark Brown, 41, of St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, denies both murders.
The trial at Hove Trial Centre continues.
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