Man who murdered French film producer ex-girlfriend and buried her in a shallow grave is jailed for 24 years

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
Kirill Belorusov was today sentenced at the Old Bailey of murdering Laureline Garcia-Bertaux in Kew, south-west London (PA)

A man described as a “cruel and heartless fraud” has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his French ex-girlfriend and burying her body in a flower bed at her property.

Kirill Belorusov, 32, strangled Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, to death before going shopping for tools to dispose of her body in Kew, south-west London.

The woman’s body was found naked, bound and wrapped in bin bags in a flower bed in her garden, a day after friends reported her missing on March 5.

CCTV footage issued by Metropolitan Police of Kirill Belorusov, 32, in a Homebase store where he bought an axe, rubber clogs, rubble sacks and compost after he murdered his ex-girlfriend (PA)

Belorusov, who lied about being a stuntman in a Hollywood film and claimed he was dying of cancer, sent text messages from Ms Garcia-Bertaux's phone to her friends in a bid to cover his tracks.

He fled to Estonia but was arrested in the capital Tallinn under a European arrest warrant.

Laureline Garcia-Bertaux's body was found naked, bound and wrapped in bin bags in a flower bed in her garden in south-west London (PA)

He was found guilty of murdering Ms Garcia-Bertaux at the Old Bailey on Monday.

Appearing in court on Friday, he was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum 24 years to be served.

The property on Darell Road in Kew, south-west London where the body of French film producer Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, from Richmond, was found in a shallow grave (PA)

Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, said: "I'm entirely satisfied the defendant is not someone who believes the lies he tells.

“He just tells them on a scale and magnitude which I have not encountered before."

"Cruel and heartless fraud" Kirill Belorusov was jailed at the Old Bailey for life with a minimum term of 24 years on Friday (PA)

Speaking outside court, Scotland Yard’s Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said: “It’s taken a jury one hour and three quarters to find Kirill Belorusov guilty of murder.

“This man is a calculating, deceitful liar, who has tried to portray Laureline as a bad person in his evidence.

DCI Simon Harding speaks to the media outside the Old Bailey in central London, flanked by her brother Florient (centre), friend Beth Penman (second right) and mother Frederique Bertaux (right), after Kirill Belorusov was found guilty of murdering his French film producer ex-girlfriend, Laureline Garcia-Bertaux.

“He’s lied about having cancer for years to friends and family, lied about his finances and lied about what happened to Laureline in March this year.

“Her family, stood behind me here, had to endure four weeks of evidence about his lies and the jury and the court saw fit to understand what a liar he was.”

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