Norwich murder trial latest: Prosecution deliver closing speech

17:00 28 January 2013

Kelly and Jodie Barnes.

Kelly and Jodie Barnes.

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A jury has been told two women accused of murdering a former bus conductor in his own home “acted together” in killing him and so were “both guilty”.

The body of 67-year-old Barry Reeve was discovered at a property on Corton Road, off City Road, on February 26 last year two weeks after it was said he was attacked.

Kelly Louise Barnes, 32, and Jodie Barnes, formerly Ramsbottom, who are civil partners and from Bixley Close, both deny murdering Mr Reeve and are on trial at Norwich Crown Court.

Karim Khalil QC today delivered the prosecution’s closing speech insisting to the jury they were both in it together. He said: “Only two people know exactly what happened in Barry Reeve’s bungalow on evening of 9 February last year.

“Neither of them has told you the truth about it. Why is that? Because the truth would lead them both to the admission that they were involved in murdering him.

“They acted together in everything they did that day and every day. What happened in that bungalow was, we say, no exception.”

Mr Khalil invited the jury to find them “both guilty” of murder.

Tomorrow Graham Parkins QC, representing Kelly, and Mukhtar Hussain QC, for Jodie, will deliver closing speeches for the defence.

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