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Woman “killed boyfriend and threw headless body in forest,” court said

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Ms. Heer told how the victim’s body was found on Sunday June 27 by a woman who was walking with her family.

“As they walked back from the beach to their vacation home, they made a gruesome discovery – a woman’s headless body.”

When the woman found the remains at the bottom of some steps on a public footpath, the woman called police, the area was cordoned off and an extensive search began.

On July 1, the head was discovered about 10 meters down the hill in the undergrowth.

An autopsy could not determine the cause of death due to the degree of decomposition, said Ms. Heer.

However, the torso appeared to have been cut and there were signs of an attack, with a fractured skull suggesting “significant impact from a blunt object shortly before death”.

Ms. Heer said Mitchell befriended the victim through church and visited her on the day she went missing.

She told jurors, “While they were friendly, the evidence suggests they had recently fallen out over money.”

Just after 1 p.m. that day, Mitchell was allegedly caught on video surveillance walking from Ms Chong’s home with two suitcases.

Ms. Heer said: “The larger of the two was obviously very heavy and difficult to manoeuvre.

“It is the prosecutor’s case that it contained the body of Mee Kuen Chong.”

It is alleged that Mitchell then traveled to Salcombe with the suitcase on 26 June in a hired gray Volvo.

The vehicle was reportedly caught on video surveillance as it drove towards the wooded area where Ms Chong’s body was found the next day.

The jury was told that Mitchell was born in Australia where her mother worked for the Foreign Office.

She had studied humanities at Kings College London, where she earned a first-class degree and a special award for excellence in anatomy, the court heard.

She went on to study osteopathy and her professional website states that her training “set her attuned to subjects in neuroanatomy, genetics and human cadaver dissection”.

After practicing in Australia for seven years, she returned to the UK in 2015 and has not worked since, the court was told.

At the time of the murder, Mitchell was living with her mother in a rundown family home in Brent, north west London.

The property had no roof and was covered in scaffolding due to an ill-fated renovation project, jurors were told.

Ms Chong was described as vulnerable and prone to erratic behavior.

Last year her mental condition worsened and she was referred to the local community mental health team for continuing to send letters to then-Prince Charles and Boris Johnson, jurors heard.

The devout Christian Mitchell had allegedly spoken to the victim about her will and who would inherit her home.

In an email, Ms Chong reportedly told the accused: “I am honored to have you as my sister, accept me as your friend and advise me…”

It is claimed the victim agreed to hand over £200,000 to help with Mitchell’s house repairs, but later had a change of heart.

Mitchell, of Brondesbury Park, Brent, north west London, denies murdering Ms Chong between June 10 and 27 last year.

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An autopsy could not determine the cause of death due to the degree of decomposition, said Ms. Heer.

However, the torso appeared to have been cut and there were signs of an attack, with a fractured skull suggesting “significant impact from a blunt object shortly before death”.

Ms. Heer said Mitchell befriended the victim through church and visited her on the day she went missing.

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