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Man jailed for life after murder in Marazion

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7:53am 16th May 2018
(Updated 7:53am 16th May 2018)

The man convicted of a horrific and brutal murder that shocked a quiet seaside town in Cornwall has been jailed for life.

Kirsty Noden, known to her friends as Kirby, was beaten with a rock and metal pole in Marazion.

The 32-year-old's body was dismembered and disposed of at the home she shared with her partner.

Truro Crown Court heard how 33-year-old Dean Lowe continued to live in the blood-soaked flat for several months.

The two and a half week trial came to an end last week, when a jury returned a guilty verdict.

Lowe was handed a life sentence at Exeter Crown Court on Tuesday and ordered to serve a minimum of 28 years.

Kirsty Noden

Kirby Noden

Kirby, who has links to the north-west, was first reported missing by worried friends up country.

That was in May 2017, however Ms Noden had not actually been seen since January of the same year.

Detectives now believe she was murdered some time between the 11th and 14th of that month.

The couple, originally from Winsford in Cheshire, lived in Torquay when they first came to the westcountry, before settling in Cornwall.

In May 2017, Lowe was arrested on suspicion of murdering Kirby at the St Elmo flat where they had lived together for a number of years.

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The scene at the flat shared by Dean Lowe and Kirby Noden

Detective Inspector Ian Ringrose said: "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 conviction gives them some comfort in the conclusion of the case and our thoughts and sympathies are with them".

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Blood found on Dean Lowe's jumper

In May 2017, police were contacted by concerned members of Lowe’s family after they had received some disturbing messages from Lowe on social media.

Despite extensive searches by the Major Crime Investigation Team and officers from other specialisms, including financial investigation, forensic support and specialist search officers, the search for Kirby’s remains and any indication that she was alive elsewhere found nothing.

Prosecution QC, Paul Dunkels, told Truro Crown Court 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.

Mr Dunkels stated that Lowe had continued to live in the flat where he killed Ms Noden for four months.

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The location of the flat Dean Lowe and Kirby Noden shared

When a police officer visited Mr Lowe at the flat, he admitted to the officer that he had killed Kirby Noden and disposed of her body.

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.

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The scene at the flat Dean Lowe shared with Kirby Noden

“On the evening of 18th May 2018 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".

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Blood found on Dean Lowe's jumper

Statement from Kirby Noden’s family:

“Dean Lowe has taken away from us something totally precious, and although we welcome this verdict and sentence, it will never replace our loss.

“We would like to thank the ladies and gentlemen of the jury; and all members of the Devon and Cornwall Police, especially D.I. Ian Ringrose and his team for their extremely thorough hard work and relentless dedication to achieve a conviction.

“We would especially like to express our thanks and warm wishes to DC Jon Watts for his outstanding work and compassion during this case".

7:53am 16th May 2018

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