September 21 2014 Latest news:
Friday, May 30, 2014
A man accused of attempting to murder a woman in Trowse, near Norwich, 18 years ago, is alleged to have told his nephew that he had “done something terrible” and killed someone and hidden their body in Norfolk, a jury at Norwich Crown Court has heard.
A man accused of attempting to murder a woman in Trowse, near Norwich, about 18 years ago, is alleged to have confessed to his nephew that he had “killed someone” in Norfolk and hidden the body, and found it hard to “live with” a court heard.
Peter Carroll, 55, of Aylesbury, denies attempted murder, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm and raping the woman, in 1996.
The woman, who worked as a prostitute at the time, claims Carroll had paid her for sex but then suddenly squeezed her round the throat until she passed out. She tried to fight him off and got some of his skin under her fingernail, but it was not until advances in DNA technology that Carroll was arrested around 18 years later. Carroll has denied all the charges.
Carroll’s nephew, Jason Lack, told a jury how his uncle had twice confessed to him about killing someone.
He said the first time he made a confession was after he was involved in a fight at a family Christmas gathering, in Aylesbury, in 2002, when he told Mr Lack he had killed someone.
He said Carroll told him: “I have killed someone. I can’t live with this. That is the reason I am the way I am. I have done something terrible.”
He said he thought his uncle said it happened in Norfolk, and had told him he had hidden the body.
Mr Lack said at the time he thought it was just the drink talking, but then years later in about 2009, he had repeated to his nephew again after he had been drinking that he had killed someone and said he could not live with it.
Mr Lack said he found it chilling and said: “I did not take him seriously the first time. I did not know there was anything we could do about it. It was a sweeping statement, we did not know any details.”
He added: “It was only on reflection after hearing these accusations that it seemed relevant.”
He said after the second confession he began to wonder if it was true.
Mr Lack said he found it found it difficult giving evidence against his uncle, and said that he had almost not turned up for the court hearing.
“I thought about not giving evidence because of the upset it has caused my family.”
The trial continues.