Trial starts today of man accused of murdering Brighton student found in boot of burning car

Posted On 15 Feb 2016 at 8:13 am

A 26-year-old man is due to go on trial today (Monday 15 February) charged with murdering Brighton University student Janet Muller.

Her body was found in the boot of a burning car in Crawley last year after she went missing from Mill View Hospital in Hove.

Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw, 26, from Lakeside, in Beckenham, south London, pleaded not guilty to the murder when he appeared by video at Guildford Crown Court last August.

Janet Muller

Janet Muller

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Miss Muller went missing from Mill View Hospital, in Hangleton, on the night of Thursday 12 March.

Her body was found in the boot of a burning Volkswagen Jetta car the next afternoon in Rusper Road, close to the Ifield Golf and Country Club, Crawley.

The car had been set on fire while the 21-year-old German student was still alive.

Post-mortem tests found that she died of breathing in smoke.

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