CCTV showing the final sighting of a mum who was allegedly murdered by her ex has been played in court today.
Footage showed Sarah Wellgreen, 46, driving from the car park outside her home in New Ash Green, Kent on the morning of October 9.
It is alleged Sarah’s former partner Ben Lacomba, 39, killed her in a “premeditated and calculated act” before disposing of her body in the early hours of October 10.
A jury at London’s Woolwich Crown Court was told the CCTV system was switched off in the hours she was allegedly murdered.
The elaborate system was turned off at 00.12am on October 10 last year, the court heard.
In the CCTV, Lacomba is seen pulling into the car park three minutes after Sarah leaves.
LAST SIGHTING OF SARAH
Sarah returned at 11.33am before leaving again at 2.57pm.
Lacomba returned home at 5.08pm, but left his taxi in a car park further from his home and out of sight of the CCTV at the neighbouring bungalow.
The last sighting of Sarah was in darkness, at 7.57pm when she returned in her vehicle and pulled into the car park nearest her house.
She then got out, took a child’s bike from her boot and wheeled it to her front door.
The court heard no other people or vehicles of relevance were seen arriving or leaving the house.
It is alleged that on the night Lacomba murdered his former partner he “unusually and quite deliberately” chose to leave his taxi with distinctive All Night Cars logo on the side, in a second car park which was not covered by his CCTV.
‘CAMERAS SWITCHED OFF’
The court heard that the control box system was in Lacomba’s bedroom in a converted loft but no monitor was attached for the actual camera views to be seen.
The infrared lights emitted were only visible to a certain type of camera, as that fitted on his neighbour’s bungalow, and not to the naked eye.
The police investigation revealed that the cameras were switched on throughout August and September 2018 and up until October 3 when they were switched off at the mains at 11.25 pm before being turned back on at 1.06am on October 4.
They then stayed on, still capturing events in real-time, until off at 00.54am on October 9, before being switched back on at 2.30am.
The moment they were turned off for a final time at 00.12am on October 10 was shown in court, the infrared light clearly disappearing and throwing their view outside Lacomba’s home into darkness.
They then remained off until the CCTV system was seized by police on October 11.
The prosecution allege that between 2.13am and 4.27am on October 10 last year, Lacomba’s Vauxhall Zafira was captured at eight different locations as he travelled to and from his home.
Sarah had just landed a new job with a good salary and wanted to buy him out of his share in the four-bedroom property.
Prosecuters alleges Lacomba was motivated to kill her by the potential loss of his home and resulting limited access to his children.
Lacomba denies murder. The trial continues.
The court heard how Lacomba turned off CCTV cameras at their home before checking with a neighbour what their cameras could see[/caption]
Mum-of-five Sarah Wellgreen was reported missing on October 11, 2018[/caption]