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Vicky scream like horror film - witness

PUBLISHED: 13:53 06 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

A WITNESS at the Vicky Hall murder trial today relived the moments when she heard a piercing scream that was like "something out of a horror film".

Other residents on the Farmlands Estate in Trimley also told the jury how they heard screams and a screeching car on the morning Vicky Hall disappeared.

A WITNESS at the Vicky Hall murder trial today relived the moments when she heard a piercing scream that was like "something out of a horror film".

Other residents on the Farmlands Estate in Trimley also told the jury how they heard screams and a screeching car on the morning Vicky Hall disappeared.

But none of the six who heard the high pitched cries said they left their houses to investigate what was going on.

Holly Ceney, who lived at Tylers Green in Trimley St Mary, told a jury at Norwich Crown Court how she had been sorting through cards on her bedroom floor when she heard the scream on the morning the 17-year-old went missing.

Adrian Bradshaw, of Felnor Walk, Felixstowe, the man charged with her killing, has denied murder.

"What I recall, there was one (scream). Then I heard a car. It sounded like something out of a horror film. It was a female scream and it was high pitched, shrill," Miss Ceney told the court, answering questions put to her by Michael Lawson, QC, prosecuting.

Miss Ceney said her mother had asked her to turn down her music at about 2.20am on Sunday, September 19. She said she heard the scream about five or ten minutes later.

"I heard the scream and then I heard the screech of a car. It wasn't minutes, it was like seconds."

Miss Ceney told the court the sound was like a 'wheel spin'.

Michael Watts, who lived at Trimley's Farmlands estate at the time, told the jury how he was sitting in his garden in the early hours of September 19, 1999, when he heard two screams followed by the sound of a noisy car pulling away.

"I heard one scream which really I didn't take some notice of," Mr Watts said.

"Shortly after that there was a real horrifying scream and everything went deadly silent," he said.

"It was a female voice," and "very loud," he said.

"The screaming went on for several seconds. It was very harrowing. I don't really know how to describe it."

Mr Watts said a "sixth sense" made him note the time of the screams down at 2.30am when he went back inside the house. "The second scream was really high pitched," he said.

Mr Watts said he returned to the garden within a minute of noting the time but heard nothing more. On his way back upstairs he heard a car pulling away.

"It had quite a noisy exhaust. My opinion was it was a GTI of some description," he told the court.

Andrew Ward, now 14, who lives in Faulkeners Way, the same road as Vicky Hall, told how he woke at around 2am on September 19 and was watching TV in his bedroom. After about half an hour he heard a car outside.

"I heard a car pull up. It had music. I heard it pull over. I heard the door open," he said.

Drum and bass music was playing "fairly loudly" from the vehicle, he said.

The engine then went off and he heard the car door close, he said, describing how the car then "skidded off" and he heard a scream.

"It pulled away fast," the teenager told the court.

Getting into a taxi on the following Monday morning, Master Ward said he noticed nine foot skid marks on the road.

Ann Stag told how she heard "some screaming and following that a door closed, a car drove off at speed," when she woke in the middle of the night on the day of Vicky Hall's disappearance.

"I believed them to be female," she told the jury. "It all happened very quickly. It was 2.30am. I remember looking at the clock."

The courtroom at Norwich Crown Court was packed for the third day of the trial. Vicky Hall's parents Graham and Lorinda sat with their son Steven on one side of the court close to Gemma Algar, Vicky's best friend and the last person to see her alive.

Bradshaw's family sat on the other side of the packed public gallery.

The trial continues.

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