Prosecution confronts murder accused

ACCUSED murderer Simon Hall's evidence was a "concoction designed to deceive" a court heard.Prosecution QC Graham Parkins accused Hall of weaving a web of lies to explain how clothes fibres on his floor matched those found at the Capel St Mary home of murdered pensioner Joan Albert.

MURDER accused Simon Hall's evidence was a "concoction designed to deceive" a court heard.

Prosecution QC Graham Parkins accused Hall of weaving a web of lies to explain how clothes fibres on his floor matched those found at the Capel St Mary home of murdered pensioner Joan Albert.

Hall, who denies murder, said Mr Parkins was "very much mistaken" and stuck to his story that the fibres could have come from clothes left in his wardrobe by his mother.

He accepted the fibres were a vital part of the evidence linking him with the murder of 79-year-old Mrs Albert at her home in Boydlands, on December 16, 2001.

Hall, of Hill House Road, Ipswich, said he presumed the long black fibres must have come from his mother's clothes as he had no other explanation for their presence.

But Mr Parkins rejected the claim, saying: "I suggest this part of your case is deliberately invented."

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Mr Parkins said Hall had discarded the clothes he wore on the night of Mrs Albert's murder after he realised police were interested in them.

And he claimed Hall had lied when he said he wore dark jeans and brown shoes while out in Ipswich on the night of December 15.

Mr Parkins quoted witness evidence that Hall was wearing black trousers and shoes in keeping with his image as a fashion-conscious man popular with the ladies.

Hall denied it and insisted he was planning to meet a particular girl on the night in question and had no need to dress to impress.

The 25-year-old admitted he stopped at Tesco as he drove into town on the Saturday evening. He said that he needed petrol. But Mr Parkins asked if his real reason for stopping at the supermarket was in fact to buy a pair of smart black trousers for his night out.

Hall said he had never bought any clothes at Tesco and vigorously denied the accusation.

Earlier the jury at Norwich Crown Court heard how Hall had spent, what Mr Parkins described as, a "two hour walkabout" in Ipswich town centre between 4am and 6am on December 16.

Mr Parkins suggested Hall may have left to drive home from Ipswich to Capel St Mary much earlier than the 6am he suggested and arrived much later than the 6.30am he claims. But Hall, while admitting that he could not be precise about the times involved, insisted that he could not have arrived after 6.30am.

The trial continues.

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