An expatriate flew home from Thailand specifically to kill his associate’s ex-wife for money, a court has heard.
Paul Cryne stands accused of murdering housewife Sharon Birchwood on behalf of Graham Birchwood, her former husband.
The Old Bailey in London heard that Mr Birchwood had fallen into debt and was facing bankruptcy in Thailand and hoped to find a ‘pot of gold’ to help him start a new life.
Mr Cryne, who was extradited from Thailand for the trial, denies murdering Mrs Birchwood in her house in Ashtead, Surrey.
The woman was left ‘cruelly trussed up’ with electrical cord and parcel tape in October 2007.
Mark Dennis QC, prosecuting, said Mr Birchwood was the sole beneficiary of his ex-wife’s will, leaving him with her bungalow worth