Timeline to the Snettisham pub murder case
PUBLISHED: 16:16 23 May 2011 | UPDATED: 20:23 23 May 2011
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Timeline to the Snettisham pub murder case.
March 9, 2010: The day on which Michael Tucker was later to claim he killed Becky Thorpe in the evening after closing the pub.
March 10, 2010: Norwich Crown Court hears people saw Becky on this date. Becky was also said to have signed a reciept for a customer on this day.
March 12/13, 2010: Possible dates for when Tucker moved Becky’s body from the bath to the freezer in the pub’s yard.
March 20, 2010: Tucker leaves Norfolk after running out of explanations on Becky’s disappearance. He tells staff he is closing pub for the weekend and will return on Monday.
March 23, 2010: A police officer finds the body in the freezer with “toes poking out” of the duvet at around 1pm. A post-mortem examination revealed she had died from a gunshot wound.
March 23, 2010: At 9pm, Michael Tucker is arrested on suspicion of murder at the Bernay Hotel in Sandown, Isle of Wight where he had registered under a false name.
March 27, 2010: Tucker appears at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court charged with Becky’s murder. He is remanded in custody.
December, 16 2010: The murder trial was due to start on this day but was postponed.
May 16, 2011: Murder trial begins. Prosecution claim it was a “deliberate, purposeful and cold-blooded killing” carried out by a man who had “simply, on his own admission, lost his temper”.
May 19, 2011: Prosecution finish their case.
May 20, 2011: Defence agrees Tucker killed Miss Thorpe but argues her death was manslaughter.
May 23, 2011: Tucker is found guilty of murder.
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