A ‘FAKE will’ allegedly drawn up by a murder suspect so he could inherit a lucrative business had “no logic” to it, a jury has heard.

Luke D’Wit, who is charged with the murder of Stephen and Carol Baxter, is accused of forging a fake will so he could inherit control of Mrs Baxter’s business, Cazsplash.

On the opening day of the trial, the prosecution recited a will which, they say, was drawn up by D’Wit the day before the Baxters were found dead, and then placed in Mrs Baxter’s office inside the couple’s West Mersea home.

A section of the will read: “Our dear friend, Luke D’Wit is to be the director and person of significant control.

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“Our business making decisions are down to him, apart from an agreed and respected wage.”

But on the eighth day of the trial on Monday, the court was read a statement prepared by Christopher Andrews, a Colchester based solicitor who had drafted a will for the Baxters in late 2020.

His statement, read out by junior prosecuting barrister Alex Stein, explained how there was “no logic” to how the 'fake will' later found in the Baxters' house had been laid out.

Mr Andrews also noted it was “odd” there was no mention of Mrs Baxter’s sister, Jane Staines, or Mrs Baxter’s son-in-law, Andrew Culver, in the legal document given those two had been named as executors to the business in the original will drawn up by the Baxters in 2020.

Mr Andrews’s statement read: “This document is odd, the wording is odd, it is not signed, it is not laid out in legal format, and it doesn’t read as a legal document.

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“Neither Carol nor Stephen had attempted to change their will with my firm.

“There was no logic to this document – there’s no record of anyone making contact in order to makes changes to wills.

“There is no record of Ellena Baxter or Harry Baxter making contact about this either.”

It was added the document would not in fact be legally binding.

“Whoever has drafted this has no understanding of the business and how a business is run,” the statement added.

The trial continues.