Michael Tucker and his girlfriend, 28 year old Rebecca Thorpe, were the landlords of The Compasses Inn on Lynn Road in Snettisham, near King’s Lynn.
On Tuesday 23 March 2010, an off duty police officer who was passing the pub was called into the premises after being told that a body had allegedly been found in a freezer. In a rear shed a body was found wrapped in a duvet and polythene and strapped together with gaffer tape.
Tucker later claimed that on Tuesday 9 March 2010, he had shot Rebecca in the head with a 410 shotgun whilst she lay in the bath. He then left in her the bath for two days before transferring her to a chest freezer located in a shed in the grounds of the pub.
During a search of The Compasses Inn by forensic officers, a shotgun was discovered which was covered in tape identical to that used to wrap Rebecca’s body and traces of blood and signs of extensive cleaning were revealed after a thorough search of the bathroom.
Tucker appeared to try and continue living a normal life, running the business and employing staff before fleeing to the Isle of Wight where he was arrested for murder on 23 March 2010.
Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry, Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, who led the enquiry, commenting on the conviction, said: “We welcome the guilty verdict for murder and feel that the facts of the case show clearly that Tucker knew what he was doing and carried out a deliberate act.”
DCI Fry added: “The investigation was a complex one and was further complicated by two matters.
“Firstly, Tucker had fled the scene and though contact was made with him through a friend, he was claiming to be in Kent when he was actually traced to the Isle of Wight.
“The second issue was the large amount of misinformation and speculation which was shared on social networking sites and then repeated in other media. This made it difficult to establish whether potential witnesses had read details somewhere or knew them as fact. It also led to rumours which increased the concerns of the local community.”