Man in bogus job case 'lived a lie'

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THE MAN accused of murdering the job-seeking teenager Lynne Rogers had a remarkable capacity to live a lie and fool all and sundry, a jury was told yesterday.

Wayne Scott Singleton had a 'weird and extraordinary fascination' with flying and was an 'accomplished performer' who convinced his own wife that he held a pilot's licence, Robert Seabrook QC, for the prosecution, said.

'You may not convict him for a lie, but it is a useful insight on this man's facility to lie and deceive people with whom he has lived closely and has had a continuous relationship,' he said in his closing address at Lewes Crown Court, East Sussex.

Mr Singleton, 36, of Crawley, West Sussex, denies murdering Miss Rogers, 17, last September.

The jury has been told that the girl left her home in Catford, south-east London, to meet a man outside Charing Cross railway station after being lured to a bogus job interview. The prosecution said a man called her home offering her a job at Gatwick airport, which involved acting as a stewardess on flights for businessmen.

Miss Rogers' body was found five days later at Rotherfield, East Sussex. She had been strangled.

Mr Seabrook said there were some 'oddballs' around and the jury did not convict people just because they were oddballs. But Mr Singleton's obsession with flying was significant, he said. 'It provides a striking connecting feature in the case quite beyond any suggestion of coincidence.'

Mr Seabrook said that Mr Singleton's alibi that he spent most of the day that Miss Rogers disappeared at his estranged wife's home had been 'totally destroyed'.

Michael Mansfield QC, for the defence, warned the jury of the dangers of wanting to convict somebody for the 'outrage' of Miss Rogers' murder.

The judge will begin his summing-up today.