Suspect led police to body

A MURDER suspect led police to the body of a dead prostitute after they followed a trail of blood, a court heard today .Darren Brown, who is charged with kicking 25-year-old prostitute Cara Martin-Brown to death, went to Ipswich police station to report her death, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

A MURDER suspect led police to the body of a dead prostitute after they followed a trail of blood, a court heard today .

Darren Brown, who is charged with kicking 25-year-old prostitute Cara Martin-Brown to death, went to Ipswich police station to report her death, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Robert McNae, a station clerk, said Brown, 22, of Alderman Road, arrived at Ipswich Police Station at about 1.15am on December 23 last year.

In a statement read out in court Mr McNae said: "He said: 'What it is, I have just been in a fight with a pimp in Alderman Road, I'm not worried about that but I'm worried about the prostitute lying there'."

Brown asked Mr McNae why he needed his details when he was asked and it was explained that he was a witness to a nasty assault.

Mr McNae said: "He seemed reluctant to give his details."

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Mr McNae added that Brown, who denies murder, was left at the front counter while he went to find a police officer to take a statement.

Mr McNae said: "He appeared agitated as we spoke and he kept moving away from the windows a couple of paces to his right. I walked to the front desk to locate an officer to deal with his report as I was concerned about the nature of this report.

"When I returned I saw the male walking up and down. He approached the desk and he must have heard my radio go off because he realised an officer was arriving at the location (of the murder)."

Mr McNae added: "He said: 'I'm not waiting any longer. I do not mind helping the police but I'm not staying here I'm going home to my bed, I need to be up at six in the morning'."

The court heard that Brown was a local doorman but had also been working at the Millennium Dome in London and had to travel there the next day.

Brown told McNae he lived with his mother and did not want the police knocking on her door at night. Brown then left the police station at about 1.25am.

Pc Barker said Brown gave him his mobile phone number and told him he had seen a man he did not know near the bushes. He said the man had approached him and given him some "verbals". He said he had punched the man in self-defence and the man had ridden away on a racing-style bicycle.

Brown said he had gone to see what the man was up to near the bushes, he had seen the woman and had gone to the police station to inform them.

Pc Jamie Barker told the court he arrived at the scene of the murder with Pc Partridge after they received a radio call about an alleged assault.

He said he had seen a blood stained white fleece on the path and a trail of blood leading to an alleyway.

Pc Barker said: "The trail of blood took me across the road to the opposite side and down an alleyway between Alderman Road and Portman Road."

He said as he walked along the alleyway a man approached him in the opposite direction and confirmed he was Brown.

Pc Barker said: "He took us to a smaller alleyway which leads off to the rear of the properties. Initially when I started walking up the alleyway I did not see anything then in my torchlight I saw the feet of the victim."

Barker said she was lying face down with her clothes "concertinaed up" around her waist.

He said: "She had clothing on but it had been altered. There were no shoes on her feet, she had one sock on her left foot."

The trial continues.

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