Died September – December 2002

Julie Dorsett (33) from Hackney, in east London, went missing in 2002. She was beaten to death and cut in half before being wrapped in a duvet and dumped on a rubbish tip on an  allotment.  A man is on trial for her murder.

Ms Dorsett’s remains were found by Charles Joseph, a gardener, clearing out an old water tank at the plot in Low Hall Farm in Walthamstow, north east London. DNA matched Miss Dorsett. Only the top half of her body was recovered from the site. It had been severed at the waist and the lower parts remains missing.

Julie Dorsett’s ex-partner Sinclair Lewis, now 55, has been charged with murder and is on trial at the Old Bailey. It is alleged he had been violent to her in the past and killed her some time between October 2002 and August 2008. Ms Dorsett’s remains were found at his father’s land on Low Hall Allotments in Bridge Road. Lewis denies the charge.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said: “This case concerns the circumstances surrounding the death of a female called Julie Dorsett who had once been this defendant’s girlfriend.

The partial remains of her skeleton was discovered in August 2008, so three-and-a-half years ago in an allotment in the Walthamstow area of London. It appears after her death, her body was cut in half in order to assist with the disposal. Only the top half of the skeleton was found. It was discovered she died five to six years earlier.”

He said there were two strands to the evidence that pointed to Lewis being the culprit for the murder. He told the Old Bailey: “You will hear evidence that the defendant and the victim Julie Dorsett were involved in an abusive relationship over a number of years during which the defendant regularly beat the victim. We allege the severity of these beatings increased until one particular brutal and bloody assault that occurred the night before Julie Dorsett’s simply disappeared from the address she had been staying at.”

He continued: “The second strand of evidence relates to the allotment. The allotment in which her partial remains were found had once belonged to the defendant’s father.”

The jury heard the forensic archaeologist concluded the top half of her body had initially been wrapped up in the duvet but at some point disturbed and some bones fell into the water tank where they laid undiscovered. A post mortem of the bones also revealed there were numerous rib fractures but other fractures to the bones that had not healed.

The pathologist concluded one particular fracture to the right collarbone was caused at the time of death, the jury were told.

An isotope expert carried out chemical analysis of the bones and pinpointed the time of Ms Dorsett’s death to within a timeframe of between September to December 2002.

Lewis denies murder and preventing the lawful and decent burial of a corpse. The trial, expected to last two weeks, continues.

Note: This report was compiled from reports in Murder Maps and the Mail On line.


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