Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Breaking: Christopher Chittock found guilty of murdering Sarah Shields in Gran Canaria

15:49 22 February 2013

Christopher Chittock has been found guilty of murdering Sarah Shields

Christopher Chittock has been found guilty of murdering Sarah Shields

SOLARPIX.COM

AN IPSWICH man has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Sarah Shields in Gran Canaria in 2010.

Christopher Chittock, 38, of Alnesbourn Crescent in Ravenswood was convicted by a Spanish jury in the island’s capital of Las Palmas today.

The engineer strangled the 23-year-old during their summer holiday in July 2010.

Using his hands, Chittock throttled Sarah, on a deserted beach close to where they were staying in the resort of Mogan.

He then dumped her body in the sea off the southern coast before burning her belongings.

Chittock flew back to the couple’s home in Ipswich – after Sarah’s parents picked him up from Stansted – with her mobile phone.

He then messaged her friends and family pretending to be Sarah, pretending to be her and claiming she had stayed in Spain with a new lover.

Chittock has been warned he faces being sentenced to at least 20 years in prison.

Divorced dad-of-one Chittock was arrested when Spanish police identified her body three days after returning to the UK.

Chittock hit Miss Shields several times in the apartment while verbally abusing her, after discovering she had been in touch with her ex-boyfriend Will Newham.

He took her to a dark, deserted beach opposite their holiday complex, punched her repeatedly in the face until she fell to the ground, causing her injuries including a broken nose.

Her head was smashed against stones on the beach before Chittock strangled her with his bare hands.

Sarah’s naked body was pulled out of the Atlantic Ocean near the couple’s holiday apartment early on July 7, 2010.

Chittock flew back home three days later after allegedly burning a suitcase with all her personal belongings, except her phone, on a bonfire.

He was extradited to Spain in September 2010 and charged with Miss Shield’s murder.

0 comments

Heavy rain brings outs the umbrellas in Bury St Edmunds

Today’s Race for Life event in Bury St Edmunds has been cancelled due to heavy raining and flooding at Nowton Park.

Lionel Richie on stage in Colchester

“What the hell is this? You call this a summer evening? Welcome to Cold-chester!”

Keith Senior is pictured at Jacobs Allen in Bury St Edmunds

Concerns have been raised about how Thursday’s decision to quit the EU will affect mortgage rates and foreign travel.

Shadow foreign sec Hilary Benn with Emma Reynolds and MEP Richard Hewitt on the Labour In Battle Bus meeting the public in Ipswich town centre.

Half of Labour’s shadow cabinet are reported to have resigned today in the fallout after the referendum result.

Action from the Felixstowe & Walton United v Bury Town in the Suffolk Premier Cup. Photo: Steve Waller

A football club’s dream of a new clubhouse and changing rooms fit for the 21st Century has moved a step closer with the award of a £50,000 grant.

Aldeburgh beach

Global superstar Taylor Swift has been spotted strolling the streets of a Suffolk seaside town, after she flew into the country to meet her rumoured new love interest’s mother.

The Marquis of Cornwallis, pictured in 2006, which is near where the crash happened.

Emergency services are currently at the scene of a single vehicle crash near to the Marquis of Cornwallis pub in Layham.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24