Murdered Jackie not seen at Post Office for almost a month

By Rob George Tuesday 04 December 2012 Updated: 06/12 08:41

A COURT has heard how murder victim Jackie Harrison was not spotted on any CCTV footage at the nearby Dines Green Post Office for almost a month before her body was discovered.

Detective Constable Elizabeth Wydra told Worcester Crown Court she could not find any sightings of the 48-year-old on camera footage dating back to March 19.

Day nine of the trial of the man accused of murdering her, William Cummins, heard from a number of police officers who reviewed videos of outside the post office and inside the Co-Op on Gresham Road.

The jury was shown footage from CCTV cameras in Worcester City Centre on March 17 which showed Miss Harrison walking through the city with Cummins.

Prosecutor Richard Atkins QC asked DC Wydra to go through numerous examples of Cummins being caught on camera in Dines Green between March 22 and March 27.

One of the clips showed Cummins walking by the Post Office with a bag just after 12midnight on March 22 and he is then picked up again by the cameras four minutes later without the bag.

Members of the jury heard how Cummins was last picked up by the cameras on March 27 between 10.02pm and 10.10pm.

Mr Atkins also told the jury this occasion was the last time the key fob needed to gain entry to the flats on Gresham Drive was used before Miss Harrison’s body was discovered on April 13.

Former police officer Vincent Tregus told the court he viewed footage from March 31 to April 12 and could not identify Miss Harrison on any of the video he was shown.

Richard Benson QC, defending, said Cummins accepted he was the man in all of the images shown in court.

Earlier the court heard from Ashley Barrow, principal forensic investigator for West Mercia Police, who explained about the process of the detailed investigation of Miss Harrison’s flat.

Mr Benson asked why a pen was not examined for fingerprints when a newspaper in which the crossword had been completed had been.

In response, Mr Barrow said the DNA evidence gathered from the newspaper would provide better fingerprints as a pen could be used on multiple occasions.

He also revealed West Mercia Police had spent around £35,000 on the forensic investigations alone during the case.

Cummins denies murdering Miss Harrison.

The trial continues.

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