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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Witness tells court how Barrow woman and Manchester man admitted murder

THE moment a couple accused of murder revealed they had “lived with the corpse for days” has been described at their trial.

Kirsty Edmondson, 23, formerly of Barrow, and Christopher Sawyers, 35, are alleged to have killed former teacher Kenneth Chapman, 48, with a “very large dose” of heroin so they could steal from him.

The pair, of no fixed address, are accused of posing for selfies by his decomposing body, and filming themselves having sex in his bed after his death at Anson Street, Eccles, on December 28.

Manchester Crown Court heard that Ms Edmondson was a “working girl” in relationships with both Mr Chapman and Mr Sawyers at the time of the fatal incident.

Mr Chapman is said to have been “jealous” of Sawyers, who he thought was “not good for Kirsty”.

Meanwhile, Sawyers is alleged to have said of Mr Chapman, ‘it’s too slow getting it in dribs and drabs – we need to OD him’, days before the death.

Gaynor Dunne, who knew the trio, told court that on New Year’s Day night she was at home with her friend Leah Elcock when Mr Sawyers, who is nicknamed “Twinny” called with Ms Edmondson, who was bleeding from a cut on her arm.

She said: “(Sawyers) was panicking and rambling. Leah wanted to take photograph of her arm. (Sawyers) said ‘if you want to see gruesome, I have got a picture of a corpse on my phone, that’s gruesome’.

“I said ‘what do you mean’. He said ‘Ken is dead’. Kirsty was crying with her head in her hands, saying, ‘I can’t believe what I’ve done, I loved him’.

“Leah said ‘you loved him? You sat there for five days with him when he was dead. If you loved him, how could you do that? Kirsty said ‘I know, but I love Twinny more’.”

Ms Dunne told the court that Sawyers said “we gave him a dig (injection), and he’s gone over”.

“They said they just gave him a bit more to make sure”, she added.

Leah Elcock said that Sawyers was “buzzing off it, smirking and giggling”, but Ms Edmondson “seemed very remorseful”.

Miss Elcock added: “Kirsty said ‘Twinny made me send him under’. I thought she was upset, then she looked up with these eyes and a smirk – it was an act, like evil behind the mask. She wouldn’t have sat there for days if she had remorse.”

The trial continues.

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