Ben Lacomba is on trial, accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Sarah Wellgreen
A mother-of-five was murdered by the father of three of her children after she got a new job during a bitter custody battle, a court heard today.
Sarah Wellgreen, 46, was last seen alive on October 9th last year at her home just days before her son's birthday.
Her body has never been found but her former partner, Ben Lacomba, 39, is accused of her murder. His trial started in Woolwich today.
The court heard that the day before Ms Wellgreen disappeared, the beautician landed a job that would have given her enough money to get a mortgage to buy Lacomba's share of their four-bedroom home in New Ash Green, Kent.
Prosecutors told the jury he may have been motivated to kill Ms Wellgreen by the potential loss of his property and his children in an ongoing custody dispute.
Ms Wellgreen and Lacomba led separate lives and there was 'tension and problems' between them, prosecutor Alison Morgan QC told the jury.
Ms Morgan said: 'In the early hours of the morning of October 10 2018, Sarah Jane Wellgreen disappeared from her home address in New Ash Green.
'She was the mother of five children. She had just secured a new job and was leading a happy life with much to look forward to.
'That night, she was not abducted and murdered by a stranger. She did not leave her home voluntarily, abandoning her children, for whatever reason, never to return.
'She was murdered by this defendant, her former partner. He then disposed of her body and to this date, despite extensive searches by the police, her body has not been found. Only this defendant knows where it is and exactly what he did that night.'
A court heard today that Ms Wellgreen was in the process of getting a new job and buying her ex out of the family home when she disappeared
A court heard Ms Wellgreen had landed a new job with a good salary the day before she was last seen alive on the evening of October 9.
She sent a text to a male friend making plans to meet up and saying: 'There is always something to look forward to, you just need to open your eyes a bit more and dream.'
Ms Morgan continued: 'The prosecution alleges that the defendant [Lacomba] murdered Sarah in a calculated manner, designed to avoid detection, to leave no trace and to remove Sarah Wellgreen.
'Despite his best efforts, he did leave a trace. In fact, he left