Kirby Simone Noden, aged 32, was murdered by partner Dean Lowe, in an act of brutality that shook the small community of Marazion near Penzance, Cornwall
A sadistic lover battered his partner to death before chopping her hub and dumping her body in a bin.
Kirby Simone Noden, aged 32, was murdered by partner Dean Lowe, in an act of brutality that shook the small community of Marazion near Penzance, Cornwall.
Lowe was sentenced to life with a minimum 28-years-imprisonment at Truro Crown Court for the horrifying act of violence.
Meanwhile, her body was never found, having likely been incinerated by unaware workmen, reports Cornwall Live.
At her inquest, Detective Sergeant Christopher Rooney explained the terrifying circumstances that saw a police constable come face-to-face with her killer.
He said Kirby and Lowe moved to the South West of England and settled down in Torquay before moving to Marazion.
Kirby was originally from Cheshire, but lost touch with her family, after her controlling boyfriend gave her an ultimatum: it was him or them.
The inquest heard she had children but they had been removed from her care on account of her drug problems, an addiction she shared with killer Lowe.
The couple lived in a small basement flat in Marazion, which would later become the place of her murder.
DS Rooney said Devon and Cornwall Police were alerted to a call from Merseyside Police on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 1.12am.
He said: “Merseyside Police was called by Toni-Anne Barlow to say her cousin Dean Lowe had sent her Facebook messages stating he put his girlfriend in a wheelie bin.
“The message contained a photograph of what appeared to be blood-splattered walls.”
PC Neal, a local officer, was then dispatched to the couple’s flat.
DS Rooney told how the officer found Lowe crouched down behind the front door of the premises.
He informed PC Neal that he killed Kirby and later disposed of her body parts in a wheelie bin.
He said he wasn’t sure of the details but could see the images in his head.
DS Rooney said Lowe then took PC Neal down into the basement flat, where he showed the officer the blood-covered murder scene.
PC Neal was told by Lowe that the blood belonged to his girlfriend and he had cut her body up before disposing of it in a wheelie bin.
He was then arrested on suspicion of murder.
A crime scene investigation team attended and confirmed that the blood belonged to Kirby.
Lowe was then charged and prosecuted for the brutal murder.
The coroner, Andrew Cox, stated: “It strikes me that the scene and what that poor officer was presented with was nothing short of horrific.”
However, despite the evidence against him, Lowe decided to plead not guilty.
DS Rooney explained he claimed he didn’t murder Kirby, who was living in South Africa with a man called Dan Entwhistle and living off his income.
But after a trial in May 2018, her honour Judge Justice May sentenced Lowe to life imprisonment for murdering Kirby with a minimum of 28 years behind bars.
DS Rooney said it’s likely that Kirby was murdered sometime between 11 and 14 January 2017 and she had been struck over the head by a rock and the end of a metal pole.
As there was no body found, the coroner had to make an application to the chief coroner for an order to open an inquest in the absence of a body.
Typically it is the discovery of a body which results in an inquest being opened.
The family of Kirby were made aware of the inquest but felt it wasn’t necessary, according to the coroner’s officer and wanted to move forward and remember her as she was.
Mr Cox said when there is a criminal trial involved like in this case, normally there isn’t any need for an inquest, but because the application to hold an inquest was granted after the criminal trial, it needed to be concluded.
Mr Cox said: “We don’t have a body and it follows we don’t have a medical cause of death, but ensuring I’m consistent with the ‘findings of fact’ made in the crown court, I’m proposing to put as the medical cause of death; blunt force trauma to the head, on the basis the judge found as a matter of fact Kirby was struck over the head by a rock and metal pole.”
He said between 11 and 14 January 2017, Kirby was murdered in a courtyard flat in North Street in Marazion.
Her body was then cut up and dumped in wheelie bins containing rubbish before being incinerated.
Mr Cox said his powers to write a prevention of future deaths report following the brutal domestic homicide, where not necessary because following the court case a domestic homicide review was commissioned.
A domestic homicide review is carried out when someone has died at the hands of their partner and authorities review whether the incident could have been avoided.
He added: “It’s a legal requirement the inquest conclusion must be consistent with the outcome of the criminal prosecution, here we know Dean Lowe was convicted of murder, it makes it inevitable the only conclusion I will consider was that Kirby was unlawfully killed that will be the conclusion I will record.”