Teen on murder charges denied violence to victims

IPSWICH: A teenager accused of being involved in the murders of two alcoholics told police witnesses who claimed to have seen her being violent to them prior to their deaths were lying.

The 16-year-old was arrested by police shortly after the body of Rosalyn Hunt was found in her flat in Victoria Street, Ipswich and the body of Des Thorpe was found in a flat in Limerick Close, Ipswich last August.

During police interviews she denied being violent towards Mrs Hunt or Mr Thorpe and said that witnesses who said otherwise were lying and had been “ganging up” on her.

She told officers she had been fond of Mr Thorpe and “would not have harmed a hair on his head”.

The girl, who cannot be identified because of her age, Paul Clarke, 41, of Mountbatten Court, Ipswich, and John Grimwood, 28, of Canham Street, Ipswich, have denied murdering Mrs Hunt between August 1 and 10 last year. The girl and Clarke have also denied murdering Mr Thorpe on August 10.

During the girl’s interviews, which were read to the jury yesterday, she denied claims by witnesses who said they had seen her kick Mrs Hunt in the face 12 times and hit Mr Thorpe 20 times.

The trial continues today.