Man accused of murdering woman at Norwich flat will not give evidence, court hears

Farnaz Ali. (Facebook with permission)

Farnaz Ali. (Facebook with permission) - Credit: Archant

A court has heard how a man accused of murdering a woman at a flat in Norwich will not be giving evidence during his trial.

Danny Williams, 27, of Godric Place, Norwich, is on trial at Norwich Crown Court accused of murdering his neighbour Farnaz Ali, 49, in July last year.

The court has heard the body of Ms Ali, who had 59 injuries after being attacked with a hammer, was found in the bathroom of a flat belonging to Williams on July 29 2017.

The jury of five men and seven women today (Tuesday, September 18) heard that Williams will not be taking the stand to give evidence during the trial.

Following the end of the prosecution case defence barrister Jonathan Goodman was asked by Judge Stephen Holt if his client had been advised that the time had come when 'he could give evidence to the jury if he chooses'.

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Mr Goodman indicated that he had been but stated his client would not be taking to the stand to give evidence in the case.

Judge Holt asked Mr Goodman if Williams had been advised that if he chose not to give evidence the jury might draw inferences from his decision not to give evidence.

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Again Mr Goodman said his client was aware.

Earlier this morning the court heard the end of the prosecution case against Williams.

Andrew Thompson, prosecuting, read out a statement made by acting sergeant Daniel Coles which describes how at shortly before 3pm on Saturday, July 29 last year he was called to Windsor Road, Lowestoft.

He had information that Williams was wanted by police on suspicion of murder.

Acting sergeant Coles described how Williams was standing on the road, holding a phone in his hand.

Officers got out and Williams was told to put his hands on his head and get on his knees.

After being arrested on suspicion of murder Williams made no reply.

The court heard the defendant was searched at just after 3.05pm and among the items found on him was a blue key fob with an address on it with 'red spots' on it.

Mr Thompson said the spots were blood and led to the item being put in an evidence bag.

Williams has denied murder.

The trial continues.

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