Murder trial
Witness claimed to have heard murder victim being strangled

By Rob George Friday 23 November 2012 Updated: 25/11 15:19

A POLICEMAN has spoken of the moment he was told by a witness that he claimed to have heard Jacqueline Harrison being strangled by William Cummins.

PC Lee Palmer gave evidence on the second day of the murder trial into the death of Miss Harrison who was found at her flat on Gresham Road in Dines Green in April 12 this year.

PC Palmer told the jury he was confronted by Lee Telford while standing guard on the landing outside Miss Harrison’s flat in the minutes after her body was discovered.

“He told me while I was standing at the door that he had heard Billy from Birmingham (William Cummins) strangle Jackie about two weeks before,” PC Palmer said.

Under cross-examination from defence counsel Richard Benson QC, PC Palmer said he made a note of the claim as soon as he was stood down from duty.

The court also heard from Miss Harrison’s neighbour Ryszard Krawczyk who said he had known her since 2009 as they attended the same day centre in Worcester.

Mr Krawczyk said they developed a friendship after he moved into the flats in 2011 and Miss Harrison would let him use her washing machine from ‘time to time’.

After seven days in jail from March 20 to March 27, Mr Krawczyk said he returned home around 4pm on March 28.

He admitted he was an alcoholic and said he started drinking cans of a Stella Artois around 9.30am on March 29.

Mr Krawczyk said he was approached by Mr Telford who wanted to borrow a phone to report Miss Harrison missing as he had not seen her for a number of weeks.

Under cross-examination, he admitted not telling the police he had knocked on Miss Harrison’s door on his release from prison but added he thought she may have gone away.

The jury also heard details of an argument in Mr Krawczyk’s flat which saw Miss Harrison pushed to the ground by a Polish man known as ‘Pablo’.

Mr Benson also revealed Miss Harrison had complained she had been raped by another man and got Mr Krawczyk to confirm he had seen that individual hit her with the back of his hand.

The court also heard from Tania Francombe about an argument between Miss Harrison and Cummins.

She told the jury of a night where Miss Harrison was in Mr Krawczyk’s flat with him, Miss Francome, ‘Pablo’ and another girl when Cummins demanded she came back to her flat as he had prepared a meal.

Miss Harrison refused and a confrontation ensued which resulted in Miss Harrison being locked out of her flat.

Miss Francombe said she climbed over to Miss Harrison’s balcony and let her in.

Once inside a fight broke out and Cummins was punched three times in the face which caused his left eye to swell up.

Miss Francombe said an argument between Cummins and Miss Harrison continued into the early hours after she and ‘Pablo’ had left Miss Harrison’s flat and she told the jury she did not see the victim again.

Cummins denies murdering Miss Harrison.

The trial continues

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