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Dismembered salesman's car 'sold on eBay'

A sketch of the two accused in court
Stephen Marshall and Sarah Bush deny murder

Two people accused of murdering a kitchen salesman whose body was then dismembered plundered his money and sold his car on eBay, a jury has heard.

Pieces of Jeffrey Howe's body were found in Hertfordshire and Leicestershire last March and April.

Stephen Marshall, 38, of Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, and Sarah Bush, 21, of Southgate, London, deny murder.

The prosecution at St Albans Crown Court said the defendants sold Mr Howe's silver Saab car for £700.

It is alleged they put the car on the auction website after Mr Howe was stabbed and his body dismembered in March last year.

The prosecution also claims an online shopping account was set up to obtain £1,700 worth of goods, including clothes and a 42-inch flat screen television.

Fingerprints on receipt

During the trial the jury has heard claims from the prosecution that the pair moved in with Mr Howe at his two-bedroom flat in Southgate, London, and began a plan to take over the flat, empty his bank account and sell off his possessions.

The court heard Mr Howe's Saab was put up for sale on 16 March.

Jeffrey Howe
Jeffrey Howe's body parts were found dumped in two counties

Prosecutor Peter Shaw said the buyer went to Mr Howe's flat on 21 March to meet the man he understood was the seller.

The jury heard the seller wrote a receipt, which was examined and found to contain fingerprints from both defendants.

A number of cheques for Mr Howe's Nationwide Flex account were written out and presented in March and Mr Marshall sold Mr Howe's mobile phone at a branch of Cash Converters for £15.

Ms Bush also denies dismembering Mr Howe and disposing of his body parts.

She has also denied two charges of acts tending or intended to pervert the course of public justice and a third charge of obstructing a coroner in the execution of his duty.

Mr Marshall has pleaded guilty to these charges and to dismembering Mr Howe's body and disposing of the body parts.

The trial continues.

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