The PRIMARY school teacher who allegedly killed her partner and buried his body in the garden behind their house has now been fired from her job.
Fiona Beale, 48, has been expelled from the school where she taught for a year and a half as she awaits trial for the murder of 42-year-old Nick Billingham.
She was fired yesterday, the day she first appeared in court on murder charges.
A mother of one is accused of killing her construction worker boyfriend between October 30 and November 10 last year.
Nick’s body was found Saturday at the couple’s home in Kingsley, Northants, after four days of excavation and months after he was reported missing.
A spokesperson for Eastfield Academy said today: “We can confirm that she is no longer with us.
“She worked at Eastfield from September 2020 until yesterday.”
Shocked parents, students and staff were horrified by the teacher’s arrest.
A Northampton primary source said: “This has been a terrible shock and we are doing everything we can to protect and help young children during this difficult time.”
Today, Beale appeared before Northampton Crown Court, but only gave her name, age and address – the house where the body was found.
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She was taken into custody to face the same court on 19 April.
Yesterday she appeared before the city magistrates’ court and did not yet know that she had lost her job.
The school initially released a statement when she was charged over the weekend, but made no mention of her employment status.
It said: “We were shocked and saddened to learn that one of our teachers has been charged with a very serious offense and is now in custody.
“We are especially mindful of the impact this news will have on children and will do our best to support both students and staff as we work together during this difficult time.
“This is a terrible tragedy that will shake our school community to its core, and at times like these, we must rally around each other, support each other, and be kind to each other.”
It’s horrible. My daughter’s teacher.
The parents of the students Beal taught also shared their horror when they learned that the teacher had been hacked online.
Last night, one wrote on social media: “This is terrible. My daughter’s teacher.”
Another said: “Such sad and shocking news. She was my son’s teacher.”
The gruesome discovery of Nick’s body shocked the neighbors as well, with one even declaring that he was now for sale.
Resident Yang Yang described how he was “absolutely thrilled” after learning that Beal was a murder suspect.
In an interview with The Sun Online, he said, “I can’t believe this happened.
“It absolutely scared me, and now I’m going to move. It’s shocking and very frightening,” said the father of three.
“I have children aged 15, 9 and 14 months and the eldest is aware of what happened.”
DCI Adam Pendlebury of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit’s main crime team said: “This remains a complex and complex investigation and we urge anyone with any information to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101, citing Incident Number 26 of 16 March. , 2022”.