House where NHS midwife was murdered by ex’s brother-in-law is up for sale
The semi-detached home where murdered NHS midwife Samantha Eastwood was strangled and smothered by her lover is up for sale.
Miss Eastwood, 28, was killed by Michael Stirling, the brother-in-law of her former fiancé, following a "long-standing" and "intense" affair.
Stirling, 32, was jailed for life this week after admitting murdering the midwife and burying her body in a shallow grave miles from her home.
There is no "for sale" sign outside the three-bedroom property in Grenside Avenue in Baddeley Green, Stoke-on-Trent, but it is listed online for £189,950.
Neighbours told StokeonTrentLive that potential buyers visited during a viewing open day last month.
A court heard on Monday how Miss Eastwood was killed inside her bedroom and her body was carried out of the home and loaded into Stirling’s work van.
Photos show the empty home cleared of belongings.
The house has a lounge, dining room, large gardens, lots of parking and "lovely countryside views".
The estate agent states: "This three-bedroom home has a garden big enough for a pony to roam and with a few personal touches you could be bursting with pride.
"This semi-detached house is on a large corner plot within a highly sought-after location.
"It comprises a spacious entrance hall, lounge with an open fire, and a kitchen/diner which has French doors opening onto the rear garden.
"To the first floor is three bedrooms and a family bathroom.
"There is ample off-road parking leading to a detached garage. Large gardens to the front, side and rear. No upward chain."
"Composed" and "callous" Stirling, of Northwood must serve a minimum term of 17 years and 52 days before he can be considered for parole.
The court heard he murdered Miss Eastwood with his bare hands on July 27 after a row led to her banging her head on a table at the property.
He then bound her legs and mouth with tape, wrapped her body in a duvet cover and carried her out of the house and into his van on the drive.
Her body was buried in a shallow grave near Caverswall hours later after he spent the evening with his wife, child and parents.
Staffordshire Police maintained a presence outside Miss Eastwood’s home until her body was found eight days after she vanished.
Neighbours don’t think the home’s tragic history will put off potential buyers.
Elizabeth Simcock, who has lived across the road for 67 years, said: I think someone will want to buy the property and I don’t think people will be affected by what happened."
The 74-year-old added: "It’s a lovely area for people to live and we have such lovely views here.
"Samantha had made quite a few improvements to the house and it has always been a quiet area.
"What happened was very sad and people will remember it for a very long time."
Another neighbour said: "The other weekend this street was covered with cars belonging to potential buyers.
"My daughter said there was an estate agent there and they had an open viewing at the property, so there are definitely people who are after the property and I know of someone who wants to buy it."
Miss Eastwood was a midwife at Royal Stoke University Hospital.
She was murdered after she went home after a night shift, and was reported missing later that day after she failed to show up for work.
Stirling, a landscape gardener, tried to lay a "false trail" to cover up his crime.
He sent text messages from her phone to her sister and pretending to look for the missing midwife.
But he became a suspect in the case and police followed him to the site where he buried Miss Eastwood’s body.
Sentencing, Mrs Justice Susan Carr told Stirling: "Samantha was alone in her home where she should have been safe and sound, and trusted you in her house.
"On any view, she suffered what must have been a terrifying assault resulting in a killing that was not immediate."
On the day of the murder, a neighbour heard a woman screaming for "between 15 to 30 seconds", and then a woman shouting "get off, get off me".
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