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Norwich murder trial latest: Blood on two women accused matched that of victim

13:42 10 January 2013

Kelly and Jodie Barnes.

Kelly and Jodie Barnes.

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A jury has been told that blood found on clothing worn by two women accused of killing and torturing and killing a man in his own home matched that of the victim.

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Kelly Louise Barnes, 32, and Jodie Barnes, formerly Ramsbottom, 31, who are civil partners, are said to have attacked and tortured 67-year-old Barry Reeve in a bid to get him to reveal his pin number so they could feed their drink and drug habits.

The couple, from Bixley Close, Norwich, who both deny murder, have gone on trial at Norwich Crown Court after the body of the former Eastern Counties Buses worker, was found by officers at a property on Corton Road, off City Road, Norwich, on February 26 - two weeks after the prosecution say the fatal attack was carried out.

Giving evidence today, Neil Simpson, a forensic scientist, said Mr Reeve’s blood was found on trainers belonging to Kelly Barnes and jogging bottoms worn by Jodie Barnes.

Mr Simpson, who is an expert in the identification of bodily staining, said blood was taken from the victim and the two defendants in order that DNA profiles of the three could be identified and differentiated.

Mr Simpson said blood found on the trainers of Kelly Barnes, in his opinion, indicated that she “had come into contact with Barry Reeve’s wet blood or Barry Reeve himself while he was bleeding”.

Jodie Barnes had blood found on Golddigger boots as well as a pair of Golddigger jogging bottoms which were worn over another pair of jogging bottoms, also found to have blood on them.

Mr Simpson said in his opinion laboratory tests indicate that “Jodie Ramsbottom had extensive contact with surfaces wet with Barry Reeve’s blood or with Barry Reeve himself while he was bleeding”.

The trial continues.

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