Murdered Jackie hit with force of 'high-speed road accident'

By Rob George Thursday 22 November 2012 Updated: 23/11 09:55

A DINES Green woman was hit with the force of a 'high-speed road accident' and left for dead after a violent attack in her Worcester flat, a jury was told.

Prosecutor Richard Atkins QC made the claim on the opening day of the trial of William Cummins, who is charged with the murder of Jacqueline Harrison at her flat in Gresham Road between March 16 and April 12 this year.

The court heard how Miss Harrison's body was found face down on a bed and covered by a duvet when she was discovered by police on April 12.

Neighbours had raised the alarm after not seeing the 48-year-old for a number of weeks.

Mr Atkins said a post-mortem had shown she had been subjected to a serious assault before she died and suffered severe injuries to her ribs, a badly broken jaw and fractured eye socket.

The jury of seven men and five women were told that Cummins, also known as 'Birmingham Bill', was in a tempestuous relationship with Miss Harrison.

They heard extracts from her diary which included the line on March 14 - 'Bill left after a night of hell'.

The prosecution allege Miss Harrison died at some point between March 16 and April 12 and pointed to evidence of Mr Cummins' fingerprints on items around the flat including fruit from the nearby supermarket.

The court heard from neighbour Muriel Bisson who raised the alarm on April 12 after spotting the same washing on Miss Harrison's balcony and the curtains in her flat closed for a number of weeks.

She and daughter Karlene Baker confirmed to the court there had been two incidents around three weeks before, one in the street and then an argument between Miss Harrison and another man in her flat until 2am in the morning.

Mrs Bisson said she raised concerns about the welfare of Miss Harrison with PCs Lee Palmer and Paul Pickering and it was the latter who made the gruesome discovery.

Mr Atkins also told the court about Cummins' behaviour after Miss Harrison's death and said he visited Tonbridge in Kent, Weymouth and Dorchester just weeks after he allegedly told a police officer in Worcester he was looking to buy a property in the city.

Cummins said nothing when he was arrested in a tent by the A35 in Dorchester despite not being told whose murder he was being arrested for.

Defence counsel Richard Benson QC said there had been a number of male visitors to Miss Harrison's 'noisy' flat at all times of the day.

Cummins denies murdering Miss Harrison.

The trial continues.

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