‘Violent bully’, 48, found guilty of murder of woman wearing skull mask over two years ago – as body is still missing
- Alan Edwards, 48, was a ‘violent bully’ who killed 45-year-old Susan Waring, court heard
- Mrs. Waring’s mother has reported her missing, but her whereabouts remain unknown
- Jurors took less than 90 minutes to reach a unanimous murder conviction
- The judge has postponed the conviction at Preston Crown Court until next Wednesday
A ‘violent bully’ was found guilty of murdering a woman while wearing a skull mask more than two years ago.
Alan Edwards, 48, claimed he last saw Susan Waring when she kissed him goodbye and left his flat in Darwen, Lancashire, in January 2019.
But the prosecution said he was a “violent bully” who killed the 45-year-old and then disposed of her body, which is still missing.
Ms. Waring’s mother reported her missing a few days later, but despite extensive police investigations, her whereabouts are unknown and there is no evidence that she is alive, Preston Crown Court was told.
Jurors today took less than 90 minutes to reach a unanimous murder conviction.
The prosecution said Alan Edwards (photo left), 48, was a “ violent bully ” who killed 45-year-old Susan Waring (right) and then threw away her body, which is still missing.
Edwards was also convicted of crimes against four other women, including causing serious bodily harm, assault that resulted in actual bodily harm, and threatening to kill.
Those women reported that they, too, were victims of Edwards’ violent and controlling behavior at various times dating back to the 1990s.
Prosecutor Christopher Tehrani QC, who opened the case in January, said that Edwards had been arrested in March 2019 and that a subsequent thorough forensic investigation of his address in Blackburn Road, Darwen, found blood on the walls and in the refurbished lounge.
More than 100 blood stains and traces of Ms. Waring’s DNA were also found on a skull mask allegedly worn by the suspect when he hit his victim at close range.
Edwards began a relationship with Ms. Waring in late 2018, who had some learning disabilities, and it was “ turbulent and violent from the start, ” said Mr. Tehrani.
A neighbor told the jury that she moved from the adjoining flat to Edwards for fear of her own safety after hearing almost constant arguments and screams between a man and a woman since living there from November 2018.
Ms. Waring’s last confirmed public sighting (pictured above, in a photo of a family released by police) was while she was shopping with Edwards in Darwen on January 29, 2019.
She said she had not met either of them, but remembered that the man often called the woman “stupid” and “a stupid baby.”
She added: ‘I once heard her say’ Let me out, I want out ‘. He said, ‘You can’t leave, what are you going to do? ”
Another neighbor said he witnessed Edwards slapping Mrs. Waring in the face as he walked past the suspect’s backyard a fortnight before she disappeared.
He said, “I said to her,” Why are you confused with such an idiot? ” Her last words to me were “He always hits me”. ‘
Ms. Waring’s last confirmed public sighting was when she was shopping with Edwards in Darwen on January 29, where her bank card was used to purchase a plush meerkat.
Mr Justice Goss has postponed the sentencing until next Wednesday, when he sets the minimum term for Edwards to serve out of a life sentence (Photo: Preston Crown Court)
In the days that followed, the suspect called on Ms. Waring via Facebook to come back or make contact, but an examination of his cell phone revealed that he also visited the hook-up website flirtymoms.com with ‘increasing regularity’.
Edwards gave evidence, saying he was ‘just browsing’ and that it was ‘something to pass the time waiting for Susan’.
He said he did not know why she had disappeared and that he was still waiting for her to return.
Edwards denied ever being violent with Mrs. Waring.
Mr Justice Goss has postponed the sentencing until next Wednesday, when he sets the minimum term Edwards must serve of a life sentence before he can qualify for parole.