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Man watched millionaire couple die on phone App ‘after poisoning them and rewriting their will’

Luke D’Wit (right) worked for and befriended entrepreneurs Stephen, 61, and Carol Baxter, 64 (Picture: East Anglia News Service)

A man used an app on his phone to watch a married couple dying, having allegedly poisoned them with the opioid painkiller fentanyl after rewriting their will, a court has heard.

Luke D’Wit worked for and befriended entrepreneurs Stephen, 61, and Carol Baxter, 64, and became ‘like an adopted son to them’.

But the IT worker has been accused of killing the couple with fentanyl before writing a fake will in which he is the beneficiary, Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

Mr and Mrs Baxter were found dead in their home on Mersea Island, Essex in April by their daughter.

Tracy Ayling KC, prosecuting, said D’Wit had installed a “mobile security surveillance application” on his phone.

She said this allowed him to monitor a camera from another device.

Ms Ayling said that police who analysed D’Wit’s phone found images of Mr and Mrs Baxter ‘in their armchairs’ on the afternoon of April 7 last year, with one timed at 5.14pm.

She said that doorbell camera footage captured him walking towards the Baxters’ address ‘looking at a phone’ that day.

‘The prosecution case is that he was looking at these images of the Baxters in their conservatory sitting in their armchairs,’ the prosecutor said.

‘The same chairs they were discovered in by (their daughter) Ellie (Baxter) two days later.’

In a chilling 999 call, D’Wit can be heard telling a call handler the couple are ‘stiff and cold’ as their daughter Ellie cries hysterically in the background.

He told the call handler: ‘We’ve just turned up at the house and we haven’t really heard from anyone for a day and half.

‘So we came round and their daughter got here first and they’ve come round the back, looked in the conservatory window and they were sitting in their arm chairs not moving.

‘We smashed the window to get in but they’re both stiff and cold.’

When asked if the couple are beyond help, D’Wit calmly says: ‘There’s some blood from her mouth, she’s slumped over, yellow blue fingers and she’s cold – like hard.’

The wealthy couple, who founded shower mat company Cazsplash, were found with synthetic opioid fentanyl in their bodies – up to 100 times more potent than morphine.

The provisional cause of death for Stephen was delivered as cardiomegaly and alcoholic liver disease with Fentanyl intoxication.

But it was later discovered D’Wit was the beneficiary of a ‘very odd will’ which was created by him on his phone the day after the bodies were discovered.

The court heard it included terms such as ‘our dear friend Luke D’Wit is to be person of significant control’ of one of the couple’s businesses Cazsplash which sold bespoke bathmats.

Bodycam footage of Luke D'Wit's statement before accusations of poisoning couple

Prosecutor Tracy Ayling QC told jurors: ‘He had rewritten their will and stolen Carol’s jewellery, among many other things, to benefit from their deaths.’

Their original will stated their estate would be left to their four children – two from their marriage and Mrs Baxter’s two other children from a previous relationship.

The new will, allegedly written on D’Wit’s phone, said: ‘Cazsplash is to continue trading in whichever way is planned.

‘Our daughter, Ellie Baxter, is to be the 100 per cent shareholder and complete owner. There is no financial gain to this.

‘Our dear friend, DW, is to be the director and person of significant control.

‘Our business-making decisions are down to him apart from an agreed and respected wage – there is no financial gain to this.’

He was also the ‘last person to see them alive’ but he wasn’t seen as a suspect at first, even providing the police witness statements.

D’Wit met the Baxters in 2013 when they needed help with IT for their business.

He worked in their house three times a week and knew Mrs Baxter had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease, the court heard. 

As her condition worsened, D’Wit would turn up most days to help care for her.

A copy of D’Wit’s CV was shown to the jury in which he claimed he had an MSc in computer science from the University of East Anglia. The prosecution said the university has no record of him attending as a student.

D’Wit denies murder, possession of a Class A drug and one count of theft.

The trial continues.

Credit: metro


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