Farmer wins bitter court battle to stop her late brother’s widow selling £3.2m country estate that was once scene of grisly ‘Jigsaw Man’ murder case

A farmer has won a legal battle with her dead brother’s widow over historic £3.2 million country estate which was once at the centre of a grisly murder.

The High Court ruled in favour of Sally Kingsley, 67, to keep Lodge Farm near Buntingford, after her sister-in-law Karim Kingsley, 51, wanted to sell the land for the best price on the market.

In 2009, the 287-acre farm, in Hertfordshire, was at the centre of a murder investigation when the late landowner Roger Kingsley found a severed leg in a hedgerow.

The limb belonged to salesman Jeffrey Howe whose body parts were scattered across the countryside by killer Stephen Marshall in the high-profile ‘Jigsaw Man’ murder case.

Mr Kingsley, who handled the physical side of the farm, died in 2015 after a battle with cancer, aged 57, which sparked a High Court battle between his widow and sister, who managed the estate’s books.

After a High Court battle a judge has ruled in Sally’s right to the estate, which has been in the Kingsley family for since the mid-19th century.

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