Verdict due in millionairess case

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Published: Friday 5th December 2014 by The News Editor

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A verdict is expected today in the trial of a British businessman accused of killing his millionairess girlfriend in a five-star Paris hotel suite.

Ian Griffin was arrested in June 2009 after Kinga Legg was found dead in their £1,000-a-night room at the Hotel Le Bristol.

A European arrest warrant was issued after a maid found the battered body of Polish-born Ms Legg, 36, in the bathroom.

After a protracted extradition process, Griffin, 45, went on trial at the Criminal Court in Paris this week.

The trial has heard that Ms Legg died of internal bleeding and was found in the blood-spattered room with multiple injures and more than 100 marks on her body.

Griffin denies murder, telling the court that he blacked out after arguing with his partner at a restaurant earlier in the evening when she told him: “You owe me sex.”

He claimed he woke up the next day with no recollection of what had happened and found the room in a chaotic state before discovering Ms Legg’s body.

Griffin is said to have fled in his Porsche 911, which was later recovered at an address in Warrington, Cheshire, where he grew up.

He was arrested several days after the arrest warrant was issued in woodland in Macclesfield.

Griffin, who previously owned tanning salons and gadget shops, was told he would be extradited from the UK to face trial in December 2010.

He lived in a mansion in Surrey with Ms Legg, who made her fortune running her family business Vegex, which supplied tomatoes to British supermarkets.

Griffin has been seen arriving at court this week on crutches because he is suffering from a degenerative neurological disorder.

If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.

Published: Friday 5th December 2014 by The News Editor

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