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Megan Bills: Teen found dead in wardrobe was 'killed in sick sex game'

A murder suspect killed a 17-year-old girl he took back to his hostel for sex – sealing her body in a wardrobe with cling-film, a jury was told.

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Megan Bills was found dead aged 17 in May 2017

Ashley Foster struck within hours of meeting Megan Bills three days after being freed from jail, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

The 24-year-old moved into a hostel for former inmates in Highgate Road, Brierley Hill, on April 13 and was captured on CCTV taking the teenager into his room on April 16, Easter Sunday, it was said.

Foster left to stay with his sister some time later but Megan was never seen alive again because she had been murdered by him, alleged Mr Crispin Aylett QC, prosecuting.

Police outside the hostel in Highgate Road, where Miss Bills was found

Mr Aylett continued: “He must, then, have left her body inside his room. Certainly none of the CCTV at the hostel was ever to pick Megan up leaving the room and there is no other reliable evidence of her ever being seen alive again.”

The court was told yesterday that in notes allegedly written by Foster to his family he told how Megan’s death had happened as a result of a sex game gone wrong.

The defendant did not return to the hostel for almost 24 hours, the court heard.

Two and a half weeks later, on May 3, hostel staff complained of a bad smell during a routine inspection of Foster’s room which he blamed on the carpet, continued the prosecutor.

The accused claimed a quilt was draped over the wardrobe because he had spilt something on it.

The following day staff, increasingly worried about the stink, returned when he was not in, removed the quilt and discovered the wardrobe had its doors tied together with cloth and was covered in cling-film, said Mr Aylett, who added: “When the tie was cut and cling film removed they found a badly decomposed body.”

Megan was identified from dental records.

The prosecutor maintained: “If his purpose in allowing the body to decompose in that way was to make it as difficult as possible to determine how she died, he achieved his end.”

The pathologist was unable to pin point the cause of death during a post mortem examination but Foster's fingerprints were found on the cling film that sealed the wardrobe.

He has admitted preventing her burial and Mr Aylett said: “That it was the defendant who placed Megan’s body in the wardrobe is beyond doubt. The body was found in the wardrobe in his room and his fingerprints were on the cling-film.”

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