A DAD told how his ex had a “weird life” and was cheating with several men hours after allegedly murdering her in a 999 call played to jurors.
Ben Lacomba rang cops to report Sarah Wellgreen, 46, missing after she vanished from the home they shared in New Ash Green, Kent.
The 39-year-old had allegedly killed her in a “premeditated and calculated act” before disposing of her body in the early hours of October 10 last year.
In two 999 calls played to Woolwich Crown Court today, Lacomba can be heard calmly telling cops about Sarah’s “messy” life as he tells them she’s disappeared.
He told the Kent Police switchboard operator: “Hello, I want to report a missing person.
“She hasn’t gone missing before but she’s got a bit of a weird life, let’s put it that way.
“She lives with me. She’s my children’s mum. We’re not together, we just live together sort of thing.
“She came home Tuesday night and then we all went to bed. Then when me and the kids woke up in the morning, she wasn’t there. But her car’s still outside.”
Lacomba was then put through to a high priority line, where jurors were told he spoke to an operator for 44 minutes.
He told how Sarah had up to seven phones and claimed she had been stalked and assaulted at work.
Lacomba also explains how he text his ex the day before to “see if she was alright and stuff” but hadn’t received a reply.
The 999 call played to the court also revealed how he gave details of their living situation – including how Sarah was “sort of like seeing a few blokes”.
Lacomba made the remark when mentioning her on/off partner Neil James, adding: “And so it looks like she’s cheating on him”.
‘HER LIFE WAS MESSY’
He later claims in the call that Neil “doesn’t trust” Sarah and is “really paranoid about her” – adding he on one occasion put a tracker on her phone.
Lacomba believed his former partner’s life was “complicated” and “messy”, he said in the 999 call.
When asked if there was a reason Sarah might go missing, Lacomba replied: “Like I said like, I, I, nothing, well obviously I, I, I find out about like her sort of seeing quite a few blokes sort of thing, erm…”
He then described how Sarah had allegedly been slapped and scratched by a work colleague, and then pinned to a wall the same colleague’s boyfriend.
‘ARE YOU ALIVE?’
At the time, Sarah was dividing her time between the family home in Kent and Neil’s home in Farnham, Surrey, and in Portsmouth where she worked for Puresun beauty salon.
The court was told how Sarah’s frantic family had attempted to get hold of her after she disappeared but her phone was going straight to voicemail.
Boyfriend Neil had sent a message to his missing girlfriend asking “are you alive?” and had contacted Lacomba along with Sarah’s 22-year-old son Lewis Burdett.
He told taxi driver: “We’re all worried and so if you could let us know if you’ve seen her or me and her mum are going to have to start a police search as it’s been 24 hours”.
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The court previously heard how Sarah had just landed a new job with a good salary and wanted to buy Lacomba out of his share in the four-bedroom property.
Prosecuters allege Lacomba was motivated to kill her by the potential loss of his home and resulting limited access to his children. Her body has not been found.
Lacomba denies murder. The trial continues.
Mum-of-five Sarah Wellgreen was reported missing on October 11, 2018[/caption]
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