Body in boot: false alibi conviction

AN Ipswich woman has today confessed to lying to police to protect two men accused of the body in the boot murder.Carla Huggins, 27, of Vernon Street pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court to conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice between February 7 and 13 this year.

AN Ipswich woman has today confessed to lying to police to protect two men accused of the body in the boot murder.

Carla Huggins, 27, of Vernon Street pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court to conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice between February 7 and 13 this year.

She pleaded guilty to falsely telling police she had received an anonymous telephone call on February 8 saying that a woman was in the company of Robert McCarry in a public house.

Robert McCarry, 36, of Vernon Street, Ipswich and Paul Waters, 28, of Sandpiper Road, Ipswich stand accused of murdering Nicola West of Little Blakenham in February this year.


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Her body was found in a car outside Ipswich police station. Shortly afterwards McCarry and Waters were arrested.

Huggins also pleaded guilty to perverting the course of public justice by lying to the police by telling them McCarry and Waters had visited her flat on February 8 and said she found McCarry's mobile telephone outside her flat the next morning.

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McCarry, and Waters have both denied the murder of Miss West between February 7 and February 11 this year.

They have both denied perverting the course of justice during those dates by committing a series of acts to conceal the death and body of Miss West.

McCarry has also denied raping Miss West on two occasions on February 8 and Waters has denied aiding and abetting that rape.

McCarry has also denied conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice with Huggins to agree that she had received a telephone call on February 8 with details of a woman being in the company of McCarry in a public house.

Waters and McCarry's trial has been fixed for December 3. They will be remanded in custody and the court extended custody time limits to December 7.

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