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Man, 56, goes on trial accused of killing his pregnant wife who went missing 20 years ago

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Man, 56, goes on trial accused of killing his pregnant wife who went missing 20 years ago

  • Andrew Griggs, from Dorset, is accused of killing Debbie Griggs, 34, in May 1999
  • The couple had three children and Griggs was four months pregnant at the time
  • Griggs charged with murder and trial is taking place at Canterbury Crown Court

Andrew Griggs, pictured outside Canterbury Crown Court today, is accused of killing Debbie Griggs, 34, in May 1999

Andrew Griggs, pictured outside Canterbury Crown Court today, is accused of killing Debbie Griggs, 34, in May 1999

The trial of a man accused of murdering his pregnant wife after she disappeared 20 years ago started today.

Andrew Griggs, 56, is accused of killing Debbie Griggs, 34, in May 1999. 

She went missing from her home in Deal, Kent on the evening of May 5 that year.

Her car was found a week later. 

The couple had three children together and Ms Griggs was four months pregnant at the time.

Her relatives have held a long-running campaign for information in the years after she went missing but a body has not been found.

Mr Griggs now lives in Dorset with his new wife, and was charged with murder on March 12.

The Crown Prosecution Service decided to bring a case against Griggs after Kent Police submitted 3,000 documents with 378 statements in December last year.

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Griggs of Bournemouth, Dorset, is charged with murder and the trial is taking place at Canterbury Crown Court.

The trial is expected to last up to four weeks.

Debbie Griggs went missing from her home in Deal, Kent on the evening of May 5 in 1999

Debbie Griggs went missing from her home in Deal, Kent on the evening of May 5 in 1999

Debbie’s mother Patricia Cameron died in January and never discovered what happened to her daughter. 

At the time the charges were issued Senior Crown Prosecutor Nigel Pilkington said: ‘In December 2018, the Crown Prosecution Service received a file of evidence from Kent Police relating to an allegation of murder against Andrew Griggs.

‘Following a review of the evidence, we have authorised Kent Police to charge Mr Griggs with the murder of his wife, Debbie Griggs, in 1999.’

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