Murder trial set to start today after student’s body found in burning car

Janet Muller SUS-150319-104701001
Janet Muller SUS-150319-104701001

The trial of a man accused of murdering a student from Eastbourne is due to start today (Monday February 15).

Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw will appear at Guildford Crown Court charged with the murder of Janet Müller, whose body was found in the boot of a burning car in Ifield on March 13, 2015.

Jeffrey-Shaw, of Lakeside, Beckenham, London, pleaded not guilty to her murder in August.

Miss Müller, a third-year International Events Management student at the University of Brighton’s Eastbourne campus, had been reported missing from the psychiatric ward of Mill View hospital, in Hove, at around 10pm on Thursday, March 12.

The 21-year-old’s body was found the following day in the boot of a Volkswagen Jetta parked in Rusper Road, near Ifield Golf Club.

A post-mortem examination on the body, which had suffered extensive fire damage, revealed the cause of death as smoke inhalation, suggesting Miss Müller was alive when the car was set alight.

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