Lindsay Birbeck’s teenage killer, 17, is exposed as a traveler named after boxer Rocky Marciano as the judge lifts the ban on revealing the identity of the killer who strangled the assistant and threw her in a trash can
- Teenage boy, 17, found guilty of murder after a trial at Preston Crown Court
- He was charged with the murder of Lindsay Birbeck, 47, who was found last August
- The teaching assistant’s body discovered in a shallow grave at Accrington Cemetery
- A post-mortem examination determined that the mother of two had died of compression at the neck
The teenager who murdered teaching assistant Lindsay Birbeck has been exposed as a traveler, named after boxing sensation Rocky Marciano.
The 17-year-old strangled the 47-year-old mother of two, who was found wrapped in two plastic bags in the back of a cemetery on August 24 last year.
The discovery of her body, by a dog walker, took place 12 days after she went missing at her home in Accrington, Lancs.
A post-mortem found that the mother of two, who had left her home for a walk when she went missing, had died as a result of neck compression.
Rocky Marciano Price could not be named previously for legal reasons as he is under 18, but reporters in court have challenged the anonymity warrant due to the seriousness of the crime.
Lindsay Birbeck, 47, from Accrington, Lancashire, was found buried in a shallow grave at the back of Accrington Cemetery last August
Jurors had previously heard how the teenager, who was 16 at the time, murdered Mrs. Birbeck in a forest before taking her body in a trash can to Accrington Cemetery.
He visited a police station days after Mrs. Birbeck was found, when police released a CCTV clip of a young man pulling a blue trash can on Burnley Road.
He admitted to dragging the trash can from the Coppice on August 17 – with Mrs. Birbeck in it – across Burnley Road to the cemetery where he buried her.
Prior to her murder, Mrs. Birbeck had left her home for a late afternoon walk to a nearby forest area known as the Coppice.
She had invited her teenage daughter, Sarah, and Sarah’s boyfriend for a cup of tea at 6:00 pm.
But when she didn’t return from her walk, her concerned family raised the alarm.
The court heard that her assailant was hunting single women in the woods and presumably killed Mrs. Birbeck shortly after entering the Coppice.
Shortly before Mrs. Birbeck entered the Coppice, another woman said she feared for her safety when a lonely man in a gray tracksuit and hood followed her on her walk.
Prior to her murder, Mrs. Birbeck had left her home for a late afternoon walk to a nearby forest area known as the Coppice. Pictured: Mrs. Birbeck’s last CCTV sighting before she was murdered
A post-mortem found that the mother of two, who had left her home for a walk when she went missing, had died as a result of pinching her neck. Pictured: Police investigation where Ms. Lindsay’s body was found in Accrington Cemetery
Jurors had previously heard how the teen murdered Mrs. Birbeck in a forest (pictured) before moving her body to the cemetery in a trash can
On Wednesday, a Preston Crown Court jury convicted the youngster of murder after more than four hours of deliberation.
The verdict was handed down exactly a year after the murder of Mrs. Birbeck, who had split from her husband and moved to a new home in March last year after starting a new relationship.
The teenager had previously pleaded guilty to assisting in the removal of her body, but claimed he played no part in her death.
He said a mysterious man offered him “a lot of money” to “get rid of the body.”
He said, ‘I have never met this man before. I have not met him since, nor have I had any contact with him. He didn’t pay me any money.
“He told me he would leave the money for me near where the body had been before when everything was clear.”
The Crown Prosecution Service did not accept his version of the events, saying the defendant’s story was “implausible fiction.”
The sentencing is expected to take place on Friday.