Woman accused of murder tells jury her partner went “nuts” and hit out at the victim

PUBLISHED: 13:27 22 January 2013 | UPDATED: 20:46 22 January 2013

Barry Reeve

Barry Reeve


One of the women accused of murdering a man in his own home has told a jury her partner went “nuts” and hit out at the victim after he tried to pull down her trousers.

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

Kelly Louise Barnes, 32, and Jodie Barnes, formerly Ramsbottom, 31, who are civil partners and from Bixley Close, are on trial at Norwich Crown Court accused of the murder of Mr Reeve.

Both deny murdering Mr Reeve who was known at Titch or Schweppes to his friends.

Giving evidence today Jodie Barnes who, asked to be referred to as Ramsbottom, said she and Kelly had both taken heroin and cocaine on February 9 last year before visiting Mr Reeve to try and get some money.

Jodie said Mr Reeve was offered her “services” by Kelly but that he wanted Kelly instead.

She said they then got in a “ruck” with Mr Reeve trying to pull Kelly’s trousers down before she “kicks off”.

Jodie said: “She was hitting out, kicking, she was swearing. She was going nuts.”

She then described how, with Mr Reeve laying on the floor, she sat astride him and took his wallet from his pocket while Kelly went “rummaging” around his living room and kitchen stealing things.

The trial continues.

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