Girlfriend tells murder trial of devastation at woman’s death

Former Blackpool businesswoman, Kinga Legg, who was found dead in Paris in 2009.
Former Blackpool businesswoman, Kinga Legg, who was found dead in Paris in 2009.
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The girlfriend of an alleged murderer has told how she “broke into a million pieces” when she heard his fiancée had been found dead in a hotel room in Paris.

Tracy Baker, 34, was part of a love triangle involving Ian Griffin, 45, and Kinga Legg, who was previously married to a Blackpool Council official and was based in the resort a decade ago.

Griffin, originally from Warrington, Cheshire, was two-timing the two glamorous entrepreneurs before he allegedly battered 36-year-old Ms Legg to death at the five star Bristol hotel in May 2009.

Ms Baker, a former contestant on the Dragon’s Den TV show who now has a baby son with Griffin and is living with the defendant in France, was in floods of tears as she recalled the night of the crime.

Speaking at his murder trial at Paris Assizes, she said: “Ian called me and said he’d had an argument with Kinga, telling Kinga that he couldn’t be with her anymore.

“When they got back to the hotel room, Kinga had attacked him with a Taser gun disguised as a stick of lipstick.

“It was because of my contact that she was becoming so upset. I don’t think Kinga could contain her emotions when she realised that I was in contact. He told me he would call again tomorrow. He did not sound himself – he was very upset.

“He said he had cuts and bruises all over his body. I didn’t think for a second Kinga would not be OK, because it was normally her attacking him.”

But it was not until two days later that Ms Baker heard about Ms Legg’s death from friends, who described how her corpse was found lying in a bath, covered in up to 100 bruises and swellings.

“I broke into a million pieces,” said Ms Baker. “It was terrible. I cried for several days.”

Ms Baker portrayed her love rival as a violent, jealous, depressive who had once tried to stab Griffin with a knife, and also punched him in the head while wearing a ring.

When Ms Baker heard Ms Legg appeared to have been murdered, she said: “I was very worried about Ian’s safety. I knew he could be suicidal. As soon as I got home I got in touch with the police.”

Ms Baker said Griffin had “an unbelievably turbulent relationship” with Ms Legg and “couldn’t cope with her emotional outbursts.”

She said Ms Legg regularly “spied” on Griffin, placing a GPS tracker on his car to follow his movements, and placing listening devices around their house.

Standing a few feet from the alleged murderer in court, Ms Baker insisted Griffin ‘has never, ever been violent with me’, adding: ‘I love Ian very much. He was the first person I fell in love with, the only person I ever fell in love with.”

Griffin claims his memory stopped working at the time of Ms Legg’s death, but that she “probably died accidently”, perhaps falling backwards and banging her head on a low table.

Griffin, who faces up to 30 years in prison if found guilty, admitted to the court he was still sleeping with Ms Baker while engaged to Ms Legg.

A verdict in the jury trial is expected to be handed down today.