Sex video shown to jurors

A HOMEMADE sex video of murder accused Robert McCarry and a former partner was today played to jurors at Ipswich Crown Court.

A HOMEMADE sex video of murder accused Robert McCarry and a former partner was today played to jurors at Ipswich Crown Court.

The 24-minute film appeared to show the 36-year-old placing his hands around the woman's neck during intercourse.

Ipswich men McCarry and Paul Waters, 29, stand accused of murdering hospice worker Nicola West, 34, by strangulation and then dumping her body in the boot of a car.

McCarry, of Vernon Street, is also charged with two counts of rape, while Waters, of Sandpiper Road, is charged with attempted rape.

The pair deny the charges.

On day three of the trial, the court also heard evidence from McCarry's ex-wife, Lisa O'Connor, who told how McCarry had twice attempted to strangled her during their seven-year marriage.

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Mrs O'Connor, 37, said McCarry had been violent towards her, once using an ornament to strike her across the face during an argument.

She also claimed McCarry had held a knife to her throat on one occasion.

Mrs O'Connor said McCarry could “sometimes be caring” but described him as “evil” and “violent” at other times.

She said he McCarry had first tried to strangle her in the couple's bedroom.

“We were upstairs messing about and he just turned,” she said.

“All I could feel were his hands on my throat pushing hard. I had to try to kick him off.”

Mrs O'Connor said McCarry again held her around her neck while the pair were at his mother's house in Vernon Street.

She admitted she had never reported McCarry's alleged violence to police.

Mrs O'Connor also said her former husband had never been violent towards her during sex.

The couple, who lived in Thackeray Road, Ipswich, married in March 1993, but divorced in 2000 after having five children together.

Mrs O'Connor said their relationship had ended on bad terms and claimed McCarry was an “extremely controlling individual”.

“I wasn't allowed to go out or do anything,” she said.

Earlier in the trial, the court heard how in February McCarry allegedly strangled Miss West, of Little Blakenham and who was employed at St Elizabeth Hospice, after she had cried rape.

It is said McCarry, who also stands accused of perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, and Waters, who also stands accused of aiding and abetting rape, drove around with her body in the boot of a green Ford Escort for two days before handing themselves in to police.

The case continues.

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