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Sunday, February 3, 2013
When, during the trial, the eight women and four men of the jury at Norwich Crown Court were given the chance to see inside the bungalow where Barry Reeve was murdered crime reporter PETER WALSH, left, was given the chance to accompany them.
The snow which had fallen on Norwich at the start of the week still lay all around.
A lone police car parked outside Clyffe Cottages was all that gave an indication of anything untoward having happened.
The eight women and four men of the jury arrived at Corton Road, on a minibus, at just before 11am.
Barristers from the prosecution and defence had already been inside 68 Clyffe Cottages by the time the jury were assembled and invited to go in two at a time, so small was the one-bedroom bungalow.
I was given the chance cast my eyes around the bungalow alongside Judge Peter Jacobs.
Entry was via the back door his daughter Julie had called at and found unlocked on Sunday, February 26 last year.
A small grey ramp which had a handrail along one side led into the hallway.
So small was the bungalow that a step from the hallway in any direction could land you in the lounge, kitchen or bedroom where a bed was about all that would fit.
The carpet between the lounge and the kitchen, where Mr Reeve’s blood-stained body was, had been cut away so it could be analysed by experts.
But other than the missing carpet, everything else, it seemed, remained the same as it had on February 9.
Pots, pans, dishes and plates, stained with food, piled high on the sink and other surfaces in the kitchen, while papers and magazines littered the lounge which had pictures of his family, including daughter Julie, hung proudly on the wall above a cabinet filled with model passenger aeroplanes.
It painted a picture, not of wealth, but one of apparent solitude and isolation.
And it certainly seemed to indicate nothing that would give rise to the brutal horror that was to befall Mr Reeve as his life was brought to a grotesque and violent end.