A man accused of murder revealed he killed twice before police arrested him in the death of a second woman, a court heard.
Mark Brown, 41, told a work friend he would go to jail for double murder – although he was only arrested for the death of a woman, a court heard.
When asked by work colleagues if he had killed two women, Brown said he could not comment.
The court heard Brown of Squirrel Close, St Leonards say: “It depends on what they find in my garden.”
Part-time worker and security guard Brown denies the murder of two women at Little Bridge Farm, near Hastings.
He was arrested after sex worker Alex Morgan’s car was tracked down at the farm in November last year.
Hove Crown Court heard a stash of prescription drugs for another woman was found in his van.
Leah Ware, 33, had been held as a virtual prisoner at Little Bridge Farm and had not been seen for six months when Brown was being questioned about the murder of Ms Morgan, 34.
Duncan Atkinson KC told the jury the defendant revealed work colleagues whom he killed twice when questioned only about Ms Morgan.
He said: “The defendant told him, ‘The police have my phone and I will be arrested.’
“He was asked why and said, ‘Murder…double…I’m going for 25 life’.
“The defendant’s reference to ‘doubling down’ at a time before he had been arrested for Leah Ware’s murder was significant.
“When asked if he did it, the defendant’s response was also significant.
“Instead of saying no, he replied ‘I can’t say anything at this point’ and added ‘I have to take this one’.”
Mr Atkinson said Brown took elaborate steps to cover his tracks.
“The steps taken show careful thought and cool, callous preparation,” he said.
“You are not the product of panic in an accident, but of responsibility for a murder.
“Each of them didn’t just disappear from Little Bridge Farm, they died there.
“And each of them did not accidentally die at a time when they were with the defendant, but were murdered by him.”
Ms Morgan, a single mother of two from Sissinghurst, Kent, was reported missing by her mother in November 2021 after failing to return from a weekend getaway.
She was last seen filling up her car at a petrol station in Cranbrook near her home on the morning of November 14.
Ms Ware, a mother of three from Hastings, was last seen by a friend in the early hours of May 6, 2021.
Brown denies both murders. The process goes on.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23065187.murder-accused-told-work-colleagues-killed-twice/?ref=rss The man accused of murder told work colleagues that he had killed him twice