[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Monday, 7 August 2006, 19:20 GMT 20:20 UK
Wife admits Gambia husband murder
Kate and William West
Kate West was in line to inherit a holiday home from her husband
The African wife of a 76-year-old British resident has appeared in court alongside three other men accused of murdering her husband in Gambia.

Kate West, 26, pleaded guilty to the murder of William West, from Hastings in East Sussex, during a hearing at Brikama Magistrates' Court.

The three men denied the charge. All four suspects were remanded in custody until 17 August.

Mr West's charred remains were found in a bag outside his Gambian holiday home.

He disappeared at the beginning of July and Mrs West initially told police that five Nigerian men had taken him from their luxury property in Sanyang and killed him.

Gambian house
Mr West's body was found near his holiday home in Gambia

Assistant superintendent Aziz Bojang said she then changed her story and said she had knocked her husband unconscious and set fire to his body.

He said it appeared Mr West died from a blow to the head.

"Following his death, he was dragged to some location where his body was burnt as a means of disposing of his remains," he said.

The three suspects who pleaded not guilty to Mr West's murder were Favor Akponegbeta Abakau, Idriss Masad and David Bathran.

Officers from Sussex Police are due to travel to Gambia on Tuesday to assist with the local investigation.

They are expected to return to the UK on Friday with some of Mr West's DNA samples for forensic analysis.


VIDEO AND AUDIO NEWS
See the Gambian home where Mr West's body was found



SEE ALSO
UK police in Gambia murder probe
03 Aug 06 |  Southern Counties
Woman 'sorry' for Gambia murder
01 Aug 06 |  Southern Counties
Pensioner 'knocked out and burnt'
28 Jul 06 |  Southern Counties
'Cold' feeling over Gambia charge
24 Jul 06 |  Southern Counties
Wife charged with Gambia murder
22 Jul 06 |  Southern Counties
Wife held after Gambia body find
21 Jul 06 |  Southern Counties

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific