Man on trial for murder of Stevenage’s Samantha Wright

A man has gone on trial today (Tuesday) accused of killing a 24-year-old Stevenage woman and dumping her remains in a bin.

Robert Chalmers, 59, from Edinburgh appeared before the High Court in the Scottish capital, on a charge of killing Samantha Wright of Archer Road “by means unknown” before attempting to dismember her body and putting her remains in a back garden bin.

Miss Wright, who moved to Edinburgh in 2005, went missing in the city in June 2008. Her body was found by police in October 2009.

The prosecution allege Chalmers murdered her at a house in the Duddingston area of the city.

They also allege he overturned a blood stained mattress and disposed of bedding and Miss Wright’s clothing and personal belongings. He is also charged with failing to notify police of her death.

The defendant denies the charges, blaming another man, Vasile Ungureanu, for incriminating him.