MURDER TRIAL: Officer describes moment he found murdered pensioner’s body in Weybread stream

Sylvia and Peter Stuart, of Weybread, have not been seen since Saturday.
Sylvia and Peter Stuart, of Weybread, have not been seen since Saturday.
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A police officer has described the moment he found a murdered pensioner’s body in Weybread at Ipswich Crown Court today, as the trial of a man accused of two murders continued.

Ali Qazimaj, 43, is charged with the murder of Peter Stuart, 75, who was found stabbed to death in a ditch close to his home, and Sylvia Stuart, 69, whose body has never been found.

The jury in the trial heard today from Sergeant Murray Osman, who discovered Mr Stuart’s body partially submerged in a shallow stream.

Sgt Osman, who is specially trained for search operations, said he had been called in on his rest day to assist in attempts to locate Mr and Mrs Stuart, after they were reported missing.

He said as he was walking along a shallow stream in a wooded area behind Brick Kiln Cottage, he spotted an object ahead of him.

“Initially I thought it was tree trunk or a log had fallen into the stream,” he said,

As he moved closer, Sgt Osman told the court he could see a human hand and realised it was a body lying with the head partially submerged in the water.

He alerted investigators, who were able to identify the body as that of Mr Stuart.