Elementary school teacher who ‘murdered his partner and buried his body in the garden’ is FIRED from schoolwork
A PRIMARY teacher who allegedly murdered her partner and buried her body in their back garden has now been FIRED from her job.
Fiona Beal, 48, has been expelled from the school where she taught for a year and a half as she awaits trial for the murder of Nick Billingham, 42.
She was fired on Monday, the day of her first court appearance for murder.
The mother-of-one is accused of killing her builder boyfriend between October 30 and November 10 last year.
Nick’s body was found at the couple’s home in Kingsley, Northants, on Saturday after four days of searches – and months after he went missing.
A spokesperson for Eastfield Academy said: “We can confirm that she is no longer employed with us.
“She was employed at Eastfield from September 2020 until yesterday.”
Shocked parents, students and staff were horrified by the teacher’s arrest.
A source at Northampton Primary said: ‘It has been a terrible shock and we are doing everything we can to protect and help young children during this difficult time.
Beal appeared at Northampton Crown Court yesterday but only spoke to give his name, age and address – the house where the body was found.
She was taken into custody to appear in the same court on April 19.
She has already appeared in the City Magistrate’s Court – and was unaware then that she had lost her job.
The school originally released a statement when she was charged over the weekend, but did not refer to her employment status.
He said: “We were shocked and saddened to learn that one of our teachers has been charged with a very serious offense and is now remanded in custody.
“We are particularly aware of the impact this news will have on children and will do everything in our power to support pupils and staff as we go through this difficult time together.
“This is an appalling tragedy that will shake our school community to its roots and it’s times like this that we need to rally together, support each other and be kind to each other. .”
It’s awful. My daughter’s teacher.
Parents of students taught by Beal also shared their terror upon discovering that the teacher had been hacked online.
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 also left neighbors in shock, with one even saying he was now selling.
Resident Ian Young told how he was “absolutely freaked out” after finding out Beal was a murder suspect.
Speaking to The Sun Online, he said: “I can’t believe this happened.
“It completely scared me and I will now be moving. It’s shocking and very scary,” the father-of-three said.
“I have children aged 15, 9 and 14 months and the eldest is aware of what happened.”
DCI Adam Pendlebury, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crimes Team, said: “This remains a complex and difficult investigation and we are calling on anyone with information to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 , citing incident number 26 of March 16, 2022.”