Murdered Jackie seen alive week before body found, court told

By Rob George Monday 10 December 2012 Updated: 11/12 10:35

A COURT has heard how a murder victim was allegedly seen alive and well in Worcester just a week before her body was discovered.

Two witnesses told the jury at the trial into the death of Jackie Harrison they saw her in and around the city in early April.

However, under cross-examination from prosecuting counsel Richard Atkins QC, both Rebecca Thomasson and Samantha Baldwin said it was possible the encounters could have taken place much earlier than the dates they specified.

Miss Thomasson told defence counsel Richard Benson QC she had seen Miss Harrison in the Co-Op in Dines Green on April 6.

But when shown CCTV footage of March 17, she said the meeting was in fact then and not on the day she first thought.

Mrs Baldwin told the court she lived in a maisonette below Miss Harrison's flat until July 2010 and would often call the police once arguments broke out in the flat.

She said she was not happy with the amount of visitors to Miss Harrison's flat especially as they would often get Mrs Baldwin to allow them in if Jackie did not respond.

According to Mrs Baldwin, Miss Harrison always seemed to be in "a happy state, bubbly and telling jokes" until she went into her flat with visitors when there would be lots of shouting, banging and crying.

Questioned by Mr Benson, Mrs Baldwin said she was pretty sure she had seen her outside CrownGate in Worcester on either April 4 or 5.

"She was standing outside Store 21 with Lee Telford and another man. I asked her if she was OK and she said she was,” Mrs Baldwin told the court.

But pressed by Mr Atkins she admitted while she believed it was April 4 or 5 when they met, it could have been an earlier date.

The defence also called Anne-Marie Telford, the mum of Lee Telford who earlier in the trial claimed to have heard choking noises coming from Miss Harrison's flat.

Mrs Telford confirmed her son had told her what he had heard but said there was "no love lost" between him and William Cummins, who is charged with murdering Miss Harrison.

She said she did not like her son going round to the flat on Gresham Road because of the drinking which took place.

Mrs Telford said she told her son she hoped he had been staying away from Miss Harrison's flat when he visited on April 1.

According to Mrs Telford, he said he had not gone round because "Billy (William Cummins) was down here."

Cummins denies murdering Jackie Harrison.

The trial continues tomorrow (Tuesday).

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