THE ex-lover of murderer Andrew Lindo has spoken graphically for the first time about how he tricked her into his bed.
And Angela Rylance – who now describes Lindo as “a monster’’ – has given a new insight into the web of lies and deceit he spun to woo her.
She fears that her actions in pushing Lindo, so she could move in with him, may have been the catalyst for him to brutally murder his fiancee Marie Stewart.
Just a few hours before Lindo and Miss Rylance spent their first night together in the house at Perseverance Place in Holmfirth, music teacher Lindo had battered, stabbed and then strangled to death Marie who was the mother of his two young children.
Then he bundled up her lifeless corpse, packed it away in a suitcase and dragged it down the stairs into his garage.
He’d frantically scrubbed her blood off the stairs with cleaning fluid and when he led Angela upstairs a few hours later he casually explained that the large stains on the carpet were the result of one of his children having a nappy accident. Ms Angela said: “Knowing I was in that house with Marie’s body downstairs makes me feel sick.”
“People say I must have known he had killed her, but I didn’t.
“I was completely duped by him and I feel so desperately sad for Marie and her family.
“I’ve stopped going out. I’ve had awful nightmares. I fell in love with someone else, not that monster.”
Today, Angela is racked by guilt that she fell for an elaborate web spun by Lindo, who was described in court as an “inveterate and accomplished liar”.
He cruelly duped the shop worker into believing he was a lonely single parent, claiming Marie had abandoned him and their two young children for another man.
In truth, 30-year-old Marie was a loving, devoted mother whose only crime was to be caught up in the unravelling world of her serial philanderer husband-to-be.
At times Angela blames herself for the killing, thinking that if she’d never fallen for Lindo’s lies and hadn’t asked to move in with him, Marie might still be alive.
“I felt guilty that he had killed her because of me,” says Angela, at her home in Barnsley where she lives with her own sons Callum, seven, and Dylan, four. She split from the boys’ father three years ago.
“I felt so sorry for her,” she says. “Poor Marie … what we know now is that she was a wonderful mother.”
Last Wednesday Lindo was jailed for a minimum of 22 years after a jury at Bradford Crown Court took just 55 minutes to find him guilty of Marie’s murder.
Angela had met him by chance when he walked into the cheque-cashing shop where she works on August 22 last year. “He was flirty from the start,” she recalls.
“I needed his phone number so he wrote it down on a scrap of paper and slid it across the counter to me.