Killer Ian Stewart 'to appeal his conviction for murder of millionaire fiancée Helen Bailey'

CESSPIT killer Ian Stewart is eyeing up an appeal against his conviction for the murder of his millionaire fiancée.

His lawyers believe a new witness who saw victim Helen Bailey, 51, at a critical time could throw doubt on the safety of the verdict.

It is not thought an appeal has been lodged formally yet but a source said: “There is clearly enough for Stewart to believe he can mount a convincing attempt at overturning the verdict.”

The source added: “Actually doing so will prove very difficult.”

The 59-year-old was jailed in 2017 for at least 34 years for killing author Helen and dumping her in a tank at her home in Royston, Herts, to grab her £3.3million fortune.

He said she was kidnapped by mystery men.

The news will come as a devastating blow to Helen’s family and friends, four years after her brutal murder.

Helen’s mum Eileen, 89, who lives with husband George, 91, in Ponteland, Northumberland, spoke of their trauma at the time of his conviction.

She said: “Whilst we are glad that justice has been done it’s little help because of course it does not bring Helen back, nothing can do that.

“There will be no sense of putting it behind us and no feeling of starting again or looking to the future, we are too old for that.

“My husband suffers dementia but I’m afraid he knows only too well what has happened, he still looks at the photographs of Helen and has a weep.”

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