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Taunts led chef to brutally kill ex-wife

PUBLISHED: 11:47 22 July 2010 | UPDATED: 18:06 25 August 2010

A CHEF savagely murdered his ex-wife after she taunted him on Facebook about reporting him to the Child Support Agency, a court heard.

A CHEF savagely murdered his ex-wife after she taunted him on Facebook about reporting him to the Child Support Agency, a court heard.

Adam Mann, 29, of Springfield Road, Welling, bludgeoned 30 year-old Lisa Beverley, of Coupland Place, Plumstead, to death with a hammer and left her body to be found by their five-year-old son, jurors at the Old Bailey were told on Monday.

The boy phoned up his grandparents after discovering his mother lying in a pool of blood with horrific wounds to her head, neck and chest, on September 16 last year.

The court heard the couple married in 2001 but divorced in 2007 and by 2009 their relationship had become increasingly bitter. It is claimed Mann, who worked as a chef at a Harvester restaurant in Dartford, killed his ex-wife on the day he received a letter from the CSA demanding he pay arrears of £400.

Ms Beverley had updated her Facebook status the previous evening to read: "Now who's laughing? You have got done big time by the CS (sic) so now leave us alone for good. Your son hates you and so do I."

She also told her Facebook friends: "He is a waste of space and anyone who knows him will tell you the same.

"He can't look after his own kids but can take someone else's on. He is a joke mate. Sorry I am being a bitch."

Prosecutor Jeremy Donne QC said: "He was sent a letter by the CSA telling him not only was he required to pay £17 per wee, but it would be backdated, totalling £400.

"All that upset the defendant very much and made him extremely angry."

Miss Beverley made her Facebook comments on September 14 last year and the next day Mann received the CSA letter. He rang up the Agency claiming he was homeless and refused to pay until a DNA test was done to prove the boy was his son. Her father went round to the flat at 6am the morning after the murder following a call from her five-year-old son to say she was dead.

Mann's new partner, mother-of-three Elizabeth Kilgallon, 27, of the same address as him, gave him a false alibi by claiming they were in bed together between 9pm and midnight on September 15, jurors were told.

Mann, denies murder and Kilgallon denies perverting the course of justice. The trial continues.


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