Forensic experts give evidence in Emma Ward murder trial at Norwich Crown Court

Forensic experts have given evidence in the trial of Nicky Ward, accused of killing his wife then dismembering her body, at Norwich Crown Court.

Forensic scientist Hazel Johnson told the court that blood stains, many of which could be linked to alleged victim Emma Ward, were found at various points throughout the house.

Ward, 29, of Chapel Road, Rockland St Peter, denies murder. Prosecutors say that he killed his wife at some point between April and late May last year, then used an electric saw to cut up her body in the bath of the cottage they shared in the village. Mrs Ward's body has never been found.

PC Peter Warby said he alerted detectives after being called to the house on May 24 to carry out a welfare check on Mrs Ward.

He said he found no trace of her. He added: 'I asked Mr Ward if I could speak to his wife. He said 'she's gone, she left weeks ago'.'

When PC Warby called at the house, Ward was in the process of moving out. It is alleged that he had painted the walls and cleaned the carpet to cover his tracks.

The case continues.

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