Body in boot trial: jury to retire

A JURY was today preparing to decide whether or not two men murdered an Ipswich charity worker.The Ipswich Crown Court trial of Robert McCarry and Paul Waters who are charged with the death of Nicola West was today drawing to its conclusion.

A JURY was today preparing to decide whether or not two men murdered an Ipswich charity worker.

The Ipswich Crown Court trial of Robert McCarry and Paul Waters who are charged with the death of Nicola West was today drawing to its conclusion.

Prosecution lawyer Karim Khalil reminded the jury of the key evidence which he said would convict both men of murder.

He said that on February 8 last year Waters, 29, drove his friend McCarry, 37, and a “very intoxicated” Miss West, 34, from Little Blakenham, from the Silver Star public house in Vernon Street to a secluded area near the dry ski-slope at Wherstead.

Mr Khalil said Waters tried to have sex with Miss West against her will and then McCarry raped her and punched her in the face before strangling her to death while Waters did nothing to stop him.

The court heard that McCarry had a criminal record for violence and both men had previously “had threesomes” together. He said the men drove around for two days with Miss West's body in the boot of Waters Ford Fiesta before going to the police with their concocted stories.

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Mr Khalil added: “Waters got his story in general nicely together but not the detail and that is when it fell apart. They were friends in the bedroom and then friends in crime but now they are trying to cut the throat of the other to save themself.”

During the trial McCarry said he and Miss West had consensual sex in the back of the car and he had partially strangled her to heighten their sexual pleasure, slapping her when she stopped breathing before he realised she was dead.

Waters said he tried to have sex with Miss West with her consent but McCarry had not had intercourse with her at all and wanted to kill her because he had stolen her engagement ring, £40 cash and her credit card.

But Martyn Levett, defending McCarry said: “There is no earthly reason why he would want to kill the girl he was with that night. They were kissing and canoodling together earlier in a pub and neither had a grudge against the other. So why kill her?”

A witness described McCarry and Miss West's involvement as 50-50 - she was happy about it and so was she.

Miss West was said to have taken off her two rings, including her engagement ring and had thrown them away outside the pub.

Mr Levett told the jury: “If you think she did throw the rings away you would reject Waters' evidence.

“He is a very short man telling a very tall story because it was probably not the best of time to find that a dead girl was in Ipswich about a year ago.”

Judge John Devaux told the jury it would not be asked to return a verdict on a charge against Waters of aiding and abetting McCarry to rape Miss West.

The jury was expected to retire later today (Friday) or Monday to consider its verdicts.

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McCarry, of Vernon Street, Ipswich and Waters of Sandpiper Road, Ipswich have denied murder.

McCarry also denied raping Miss West and Waters denied attempting to rape her. Both men have denied perverting the course of justice and McCarry had denied conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.