Evil txt that told me my fiance was a murderer

Helen Rusher in the Sunday Mirror, December 19, 2010 Sunday Mirror - December 19, 2010
By Helen Rusher, 24

How the first man to be convicted under double jeopardy law was trapped...

It was the moment that Helen Rusher knew for certain that the ex-fiancĂ© who had threatened and terrorised her was a murderer. A text message from Mark Weston, father of her seven-year-old daughter, flashed up on her mobile: “I killed her and I would do the same to you.” Helen froze. She knew straight away who he was referring to – mother-of-two Vikki Thompson, who was bludgeoned to death with a rock while out walking her dog nine years earlier. Weston was accused of her murder but aquitted following a trial. “I’d split from Mark a few months before because he was abusive and tried to strangle me,” said Helen, 24. “I seriously believed he was about to come after me, especially as he’d now confessed to a murder.” Helen took the text to the police – but she was amazed when they said there was nothing they could do about it because he had already been found not guilty of the murder. She lived in terror for the next nine months, fearing all the time that he would come for her. But in 2005, the law changed so that people could be tried again for the same offence if new evidence emerged – nicknamed the Double Jeopardy Law. Legal history was made this week when Weston, 35, became the first murderer to be convicted under the new rules. He was jailed for 13 years. Only now he’s safely behind bars can Helen tell the astonishing story of how Weston groomed he for under-age-sex, assaulted her and their baby in drunken rages – and became obsessed with talking about the crime he had been cleared of.

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