Monday, October 28, 2019

Ex-boyfriend found guilty of murdering mum whose body has never been found

Sarah Wellgreen's former boyfriend has been found guilty of murdering the mum-of-five - and only he knows where her body is buried.

Taxi driver Ben Lacomba denied killing the missing beautician, who shared a home with the defendant in New Ash Green, Kent, despite having split up.

However, the jury at Woolwich Crown Court delivered their verdict today after three-and-a-half hours of deliberations.

Lacomba showed no emotion as the guilty verdict was read out. He stood in the dock wearing a dark suit, shirt and dark blue tie.

A date for sentencing has yet to be decided.

Ms Wellgreen, 46, was last seen alive on October 9, 2018, and has never been located despite extensive searches by police at a number of places.

At its peak, 115 officers were searching for her every day across 2,771 search locations.

A prosecutor claimed Lacomba, 39, murdered the mum and then disposed of her body "in a calculated manner, designed to avoid detection".

The prosecution had told the court, in south-east London, that he was motivated by the potential loss of the home he shared with Ms Wellgreen and having limited access to their children as a result.

Ms Wellgreen had landed a new job with more pay and was buying Lacomba out of the property, the court heard.

The trial began on September 30 and lasted four weeks.