Patricia Goodband murder trial: Jury visits site where body found

Akeman House
Akeman House

The jury in the trial of Aylesbury’s Christopher Symons today visited the site where pensioner Patricia Goodband’s body was found.

Following an exhaustive police search, Miss Goodband’s body was found on January 21 at the bottom of a 12ft drainage shaft in the grounds of Akeman House, her £600,000 gated home in Woodham, near Waddesdon.

The prosecution alleges the 63-year-old Mr Symons, of Thackeray End, murdered his friend of 30 years by hitting her six times round the head with an unknown weapon to inherit a £1 million fortune.

The jury at Reading Crown Court heard yesterday that Mr Symons used his sister, Kathleen Adams, his lover, Jennifer Creasey, and friend Robert Taft to spread a web of lies to cover his tracks.

Mr Symons denies one count of murder.

Ms Adams, from Princes Risborough, denies one count of perverting the course of justice.

Ms Creasey, from Benson, denies two counts of perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues.