Jury hear about rows between Harrison and Cummins

By Rob George Wednesday 28 November 2012 Updated: 29/11 09:01

MEMBERS of the jury in the murder trial of Jackie Harrison have heard more about her stormy relationship with boyfriend William Cummins.

Day six of the trial saw prosecuting barrister Richard Atkins QC call police officers Pete Frankish and Andrew Knowles to give evidence.

PC Knowles told the court he was called to Miss Harrison’s flat on Gresham Road in April 2011 after reports of an altercation from neighbours.

Once there, PC Knowles told the court he found two people he later identified as Miss Harrison and Cummins engaged in a drunken row.

Miss Harrison had a wound on her big toe which was covered in blood and Cummins had lost at least one tooth while his mouth was covered with blood.

The court heard how both were initially less than forthcoming about what happened but PC Knowles said Miss Harrison accused Mr Cummins of biting her toe.

When asked by PC Knowles about the incident, Cummins said he was kicked in the face by Miss Harrison during the exchanges.

Under cross-examination from defence counsel Richard Benson QC, PC Knowles admitted he could not be sure whether it was a bite-mark or indeed an injury from kicking Cummins in the face.

The court also heard from Sergeant Pete Frankish who arrested Cummins on December 29, 2010 for a similar drunken argument with Miss Harrison, again at their flat.

Sgt Frankish told the jury Miss Harrison had asked Cummins to leave, when he refused he was escorted into the corridor outside the flat.

There , according to Sgt Frankish, he was abusive to police officers and was arrested for a breach of the peace.

But Mr Benson queried his version of events and pointed to the police log which appeared to suggest it was Miss Harrison who had ‘kicked off’ during the argument, not Mr Cummins.

He also highlighted the police log which said Mr Cummins was described as ‘co-operative’ in the police custody suite after he was arrested.

The jury also heard more about Miss Harrison’s convicted ex-boyfriend Sammy Wilson who was jailed in 2009 for throwing boiling water over her.

Malcolm Govier from the Maggs Day Centre told the jury he took a call from Mr Wilson who wanted to know how Miss Harrison was.

The court heard how Mr Wilson said: “Who the f****** hell is this William Cummins?”.

When asked why he didn’t say anything about Miss Harrison’s new relationship, Mr Govier said: “He (Mr Wilson) would have known quite a few people who could have done something to Jackie.”

Cummins movements in early April of this year were the main focus of the morning’s evidence with the court learning more about his visit to Kent in a bid to see his sister.

He was arrested for being drunk in the Tonbridge area of the county, knocking on the door of a house he believed to belong to his sister.

Cummins later told police officers he had not spoken to his sister for four years, enquiries later showed she had moved and the house belonged to new owners.

Cummins denies murdering Miss Harrison.

The trial continues.

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