Murder accused's letter from prison

MURDER accused Robert McCarry today spoke for the first time of the anguish he is facing while on remand for Ipswich's body in the boot killing.In a letter to The Evening Star from his Norwich prison cell McCarry, 35, talks of his concern for the family of his alleged victim and says his own family have suffered abuse following his arrest.

MURDER accused Robert McCarry today spoke for the first time of the anguish he is facing while on remand for Ipswich's body in the boot killing.

In a letter to The Evening Star from his Norwich prison cell McCarry, 35, talks of his concern for the family of his alleged victim and says his own family have suffered abuse following his arrest.

McCarry, of Vernon Street, Ipswich, is accused of murdering 34-year-old Nicola West, whose body was found in the boot of a car at Ipswich police station on February 10.

He, and co-accused Paul Waters, 28, of Sandpiper Road, Ipswich, are sharing a cell at Norwich prison and McCarry has written the letter, seemingly, on behalf of both men.


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It reads: “I understand that a lot of people have made comments to the various sources of media making us out to be celebs which has upset myself and Mr Waters, 'cos we feel that this is wrong...... when we regret the pain and trauma this has brought to Ms West's family and friends and our own.”

The letter was given to the Star on McCarry's behalf by his mother Rita Spaldings, 56, who said he wanted to tell people his side of what had happened.

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For legal reasons the letter can not be published in its entirety but it does speak of McCarry and Waters' feelings at what happened to Ms West, of Leather Bottle Hill, Little Blakenham.

Police have investigated the possibility that she died as part of a sex game.

Ms Spaldings has visited her son once in prison and regularly speaks to him on the phone.

She added: “He is doing quite well and he is coping but like he says, he is so sorry for all the problems caused.

“I have seen him once for about ten minutes and he looked well, as well as can be expected. I gave him a cuddle.”

In McCarry's letter he responds to concerns raised by his friend Debbie Birch earlier this month that he may be suicidal.

Mrs Birch, 38, said she feared for his well-being.

But McCarry said: “We have not contemplated suicide in anyway and are, under the circumstances, coping with prison life, giving this is a painful time for all parties concerned.

“Our families have suffered greatly with malicious comments being made.”

McCarry and Waters are due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on June 15. Neither has entered a plea.

Do you want to pay tribute to Ms West? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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