Murder re-trial date fixed over death of woman whose burnt decomposing body was found in shallow grave at Yorkshire caravan park

A re-trial date has been fixed for a man accused of murder over the death of a woman whose burnt decomposing body was found in a shallow grave at a caravan park.

Monday, 4th May 2020, 6:00 am

Dale Tarbox's trial over the death of Susan Howells was abandoned on March 23 this year after jury trials were halted across the country due the coronavirus pandemic.

Leeds Crown Court heard Ms Howells' decomposing remains were found in a shallow grave after police launched a missing person inquiry.

Jurors heard how her body was stored in a wheelie bin in the cellar of a house before being burned and then buried at a caravan park in Doncaster.

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Susan Howells

Miss Howells, 51, was last known to be alive on February 19 last year when she spoke to her mother on the phone.

She rented a flat in Harrogate but was known to have been staying with Tarbox and his wife at Independent Street, Bradford.

Around £3,500 in benefits continued to be withdrawn from her post office account despite Miss Howells being missing.

A new trial date has been fixed for November 23 this year.

Tarbox, 39, will remain in custody until the trial.