Trial of British ex-model's murderer resumes in Hungary

2nd September 2010, Comments 0 comments

The trial of a suspect in the murder of British former model Eva Rhodes resumed on Thursday with experts divided over the circumstances of her death, according to judge Ferenc Koeszler.

The trial was suspended in May for new tests, but experts remain split over whether she was alive or dead when the suspect tried to burn the body, Hungarian news agency MTI quoted Koeszler as saying.

Although the suspect has confessed to the murder, the court is seeking details of the circumstances in order to determine how tough the sentence should be.

Rhodes, whose career as a model in the 1960s included working with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, went missing in September 2008. Police recovered her body in April 2009.

Rhodes, 65 at the time of her death, ran an animal shelter in the western village of Bony near the Austrian border and employed the suspect, a man in his early thirties.

According to police, he has confessed to having killed her during a pay dispute and to having tried to burn her body.

Rhodes was born in Hungary in 1943 but fled to Austria in 1956, before emigrating to Britain in the sixties where she became a model and actress, playing in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's film "Rape".

© 2010 AFP

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