Missing Louise: Fiance's Brother Faced Murder Trial
The Evening Standard (London, England)
Newspaper article By Sawer, Patrick
The Evening Standard (London, England) , August 15, 2001
Byline: PATRICK SAWER
KENT police are investigating the background of missing student nurse Louise Kerton's fiance and his family after it emerged that his older brother is a schizophrenic who was acquitted of the brutal murder of a pensioner eight years ago.
Detectives are understood to have interviewed Louise s fiance Peter Simon, 28, about her disappearance two weeks ago and are continuing their inquiries into his brother Michael's history.
Michael Simon was cleared of bludgeoning 79-year-old Josephine Bridges to death with a champagne bottle in Broadstairs, Kent, in 1993.
He maintained his innocence throughout his imprisonment on remand at Elmleigh top security prison and later at a psychiatric unit.
But the ordeal has left his family extremely suspicious of all authority, especially the police, and Louise s parents fear this may be hampering their efforts to find their daughter after she went missing while on holiday with Mr Simon's mother in Germany.
Louise's father Phil, 56, who is in Germany with his wife Kathy and son Simon searching for his missing daughter, said: "They are reluctant to co-operate with anyone in authority, whether police, teachers, or lawyers.
Michael's background is the origin of it and it s making it very difficult in our search for Louise."
The German police are reluctant to throw their weight behind the search because they can t be sure she was actually there. The police say the only person who says she was missing in Germany was Mrs Simon.
Mrs Simon was the only eye witness who saw her walk up the gang way to platform eight and nine at Aachen railway station. She was the only person who says Louise left Germany at all.
Michael Simon, who shared a rented flat with Louise and his brother in Broadstairs until around six months ago, was arrested in February 1993 following the murder of Miss Bridges in the town s Victoria Gardens.
Maidstone Crown Court heard that his illness led him to have a fascination for brightly coloured or oddly shaped items, which led him to pick up a green Champagne bottle from a seafront waste bin.
This was later found by police to have his fingerprints and traces of what could have been Miss Bridges s blood on it.
However a description of her attacker supplied by a witness failed to match that of Mr Simon and a separate witness told the court he had seen another man placing the bottle in the waste bin. …
Hier sind ein paar nähere Angaben über den Mordverdacht gegen den älteren Bruder.
In einem anderen Artikel wurde beschrieben, dass die Schwiegermutter mit dem älteren Bruder nach dessen Freilassung nach Deutschland gezogen ist (wahrscheinich wegen des Geredes oder wegen Anfeindungen aus der Bevölkerung), in diesem Artikel hier wird mitgeteilt, dass der ältere Bruder sich bis vor 6 Monaten (= Februar 2001) eine Mietwohnung in Broadstairs/Kent mit Louisa und seinem jüngeren Bruder geteilt habe.
Anscheinend war er also in der Zwischenzeit wieder nach England gezogen, die Mutter wahrscheinlich auch??