Life sentence for man who brutally murdered his girlfriend

(Last Updated On: May 16, 2018)

A man has been jailed for life following the brutal murder of his girlfriend.

Dean Lowe,33, appeared at Exeter Crown Court yesterday, 15th May to be sentenced for the murder of Kirby Nolan, 33. Lowe was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 28 years.

Lowe was found guilty of the murder last week on Thursday 10th May after after a two-and-a-half week trial at Truro Crown Court.

Lowe lived with Kirby Noden in St Elmo, in Marazion, Cornwall. The couple were originally from Winsford in Cheshire and had lived in Torquay before settling in Marazion.

Police were alerted in May 2017 by Lowes family who has received some disturbing messages from Lowe on social media. Prosecution QC Paul Dunkels said that Lowe had contacted his family in Cheshire to say there had been a body on the floor which he had cut up and put into bins.

Kirby’s remains have not been found despite extensive searches.

Detective Inspector Ian Ringrose said: “Based on the evidence and our investigation it is my belief that Lowe had killed Kirby sometime between 11th and 14th of January 2017.On the evening of the 17th May 2017 Lowe made a number of disclosures via Facebook to relatives in Cheshire that gave them concerns about Kirby’s safety and led them to alert the police in their local area who in turn notified officers of the fears as to Kirby’s murder.

“On the evening of 18th May 2017 officers found Lowe at the Courtyard Flat and, due to what he told them and the scene that they discovered, they arrested him on suspicion of Kirby’s Murder.

“Lowe had made certain disclosures in the Facebook messages and to the arresting officer to suggest that he had killed Kirby, disarticulated her body and disposed of her remains. The forensic examination of the scenes supported this and that there had been a sustained attack on Kirby and that Lowe was the person responsible for that assault.

“He subsequently denied those admissions and pleaded not guilty to murder.

“This has been an extensive and complex investigation which has been necessary to prove that Lowe is responsible for Kirby’s death, disprove his various explanations as to why Kirby could not be found and in parallel, because we have been unable to find any of Kirby’s remains, a complex investigation to prove that Kirby is no longer alive. This has required extensive nationwide and International enquiries.

“Miss Noden’s family have been put through a living hell with Lowe not disclosing where he disposed of Kirby’s body and denying all knowledge in court. Lowe added to their upset by insisting that Kirby was still alive.“We hope today’s verdict gives them some comfort in the conclusion of the case and our thoughts and sympathies are with them.”


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