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Aristocrat Constance Marten received nearly £50,000 from her trust fund months before going on the run with her lover and newborn baby, court hears


Aristocrat Constance Marten received nearly £50,000 from her trust fund just months before she went on the run with her lover and newborn baby, a court heard today.

Marten, 36, and her partner Mark Gordon, 49, are accused of killing their baby daughter Victoria in January, after running away to stop as their child being taken away by social services.

The baby’s placenta was found in an exploded car near Bolton, Greater Manchester, sparking a huge manhunt for seven weeks before being arrested in Brighton

Victoria’s remains were found in a Lidl supermarket bag inside a disused shed on an allotment on March 1 last year.

Jurors at the Old Bailey heard this afternoon that Marten was given £47,886 through a prestigious Hoares bank trust between September 1 2022 and January 17 2023. She received money after a police appeal was launched on January 6 last year. 

Constance Marten (pictured with another child) received nearly £50,000 from her trust fund before going on the run

Constance Marten (pictured with another child) received nearly £50,000 from her trust fund before going on the run

Mark Gordon, 49, (pictured) and Marten accused of killing their daughter baby Victoria

Mark Gordon, 49, (pictured) and Marten accused of killing their daughter baby Victoria 

Gordon, pictured alongside Marten in a court sketch from Monday, claimed the couple had wanted to 'safeguard' the child, the 'whole thing' was for her and what happened could not have been predicted

Gordon, pictured alongside Marten in a court sketch from Monday, claimed the couple had wanted to ‘safeguard’ the child, the ‘whole thing’ was for her and what happened could not have been predicted

DS Steve Ferguson said that Marten was the beneficiary of a ‘significant family trust’ from Hoare & Co bank.

The bank, which was established in 1672 and is the oldest privately owned bank in the UK, contacted Marten and asked for a meeting to discuss her future plans on 26 October. 

Two days later the bank emailed trying to arrange a Zoom call and on November 2 Marten apologised for missing the zoom call.

On November 4 Marten said she was behind on £600 monthly payments to pay for the storage of her belongings and she was sent £1,200. She also asked for money for a camera equipment, a laptop, to replace her 20-year-old van.

The telephone call regarded ‘the costs of living in temporary accommodation’ her plans to work again, her family, a privater investigator and her ex-landlord, the court heard.

On 9 November Marten said she was planning to move to Lincolnshire. Eight days later she was sent £1,336 for camera and filming equipment.

At various times Marten requested her monthly allowance was sent early, and on December 1 she asked for an increased allowance of £3,400. Marten was sent £15,590, intended for the purchase of a new car, on December 21.

In footage shown during the trial, Marten is seen keeping the baby under her coat before unzipping it and exposing her in east London on January 7

In footage shown during the trial, Marten is seen keeping the baby under her coat before unzipping it and exposing her in east London on January 7

Jurors were shown little Victoria's face (centre) for the first time last month as her parents Constance Marten (right) and Mark Gordon (left) sat inside a kebab shop

Jurors were shown little Victoria’s face (centre) for the first time last month as her parents Constance Marten (right) and Mark Gordon (left) sat inside a kebab shop

 

The heartbreaking moment the body of a missing newborn girl was found inside a Lidl supermarket bag has been shown at the trial of aristocrat Constance Marten

The heartbreaking moment the body of a missing newborn girl was found inside a Lidl supermarket bag has been shown at the trial of aristocrat Constance Marten

By early January 2023 she had £19,087.18 in her Metro Bank account.

After their car burst into flames and her face appeared on the news, the bank sent emails to Marten saying they were ‘very concerned’ for her welfare and asked her to contact them.

In late December, Marten made many cash withdrawals across the north of England including Scunthorpe, Huddersfield, Carlisle and Doncaster. By New Year’s Eve she was making a withdrawal in Grantham in Lincolnshire.

DS Ferguson said that after the car explosion no significant card payments were made by Marten’s Metro Bank or Halifax accounts – only withdrawals in cash.

Jurors were told they would hear forensic evidence and evidence from the couple’s family court proceedings next week.

An image dated January 5, 2023 from the Metropolitan Police of Mark Gordon and Constance Marten's burning Peugeot 206 on the M61, which was played in court during their trial

An image dated January 5, 2023 from the Metropolitan Police of Mark Gordon and Constance Marten’s burning Peugeot 206 on the M61, which was played in court during their trial

A picture shows the inside of the couple's burnt out car. The baby's placenta was found in the vehicle, the Old Bailey heard

A picture shows the inside of the couple’s burnt out car. The baby’s placenta was found in the vehicle, the Old Bailey heard

A photo of baby clothing found in a Lidl bag in a shed in Lower Roedale Allotments, East Sussex which included the body of Victoria

A photo of baby clothing found in a Lidl bag in a shed in Lower Roedale Allotments, East Sussex which included the body of Victoria

Prosecutor Tom Little, KC, told them they could then expect the prosecution case to conclude next week.

Marten attended court today wearing a pink shirt, black cardigan and blue hair clip while Gordon did not attend.

Marten’s mother Virginie de Selliers and brother Tobias Marten also attended court.

The wealthy family lived at Dorset estate Crichel House during Marten’s youth and her grandmother was a playmate of Princess Margaret and goddaughter to the Queen Mother.

Marten and Gordon deny manslaughter by gross negligence, concealment of the birth of a child, cruelty to a person under 16 and perverting the course of justice.

They also deny causing or allowing the death of a child.

The trial continues.  



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