Taunton 'jealous stalker murdered' work colleague

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The body of Heather Jordan, 34, was found in Lyngford Park on 18 February

A stalker strangled a work colleague in a jealous rage after he became "obsessed with the notion she was being unfaithful to him", a court has heard.

The body of Heather Jordan, 34, who had been on her way to work, was found in Lyngford Park, Taunton, in February.

She was in a committed friendship with Martin Corns but he was "stalking her and pushing for a sexual relationship", Exeter Crown Court heard.

Mr Corns, of Denmark Terrace, Taunton, denies murder.

Kate Brunner QC, prosecuting, said: "He killed her in a jealous rage.

"He was in a relationship of sorts with her and was obsessed with the notion she was being unfaithful to him."

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Ms Jordan had been strangled and had bruising to her arms

Ms Jordan had been strangled and had bruising to her arms and left leg "possibly from a struggle", the court heard.

Her body was found by a dog walker near a shelter in the park on 18 February.

Ms Brunner said Mr Corns was "obsessively jealous", and the pair exchanged "between 50 and 100" text messages a day.

She said: "They met at work. They sent messages. They went on day trips. He walked her to work.

"They described their relationship as a committed friendship. They were working towards a sexual relationship."

The jury heard friends and family of Ms Jordan said she had become "scared of him" and he was "stalking her and pushing for a sexual relationship".

"He was fixated on Heather Jordan being unfaithful. He followed her.

"He said she was having a relationship with a supervisor called Kevin," Ms Brunner said.

The case continues.

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