Witness: murder accused wanted sex

A WOMAN said a murder trial defendant tried to have sex with her at the same spot where he is alleged to have killed hospice worker Nicola West.The witness who cannot be named for legal reasons said she was driven by Robert McCarry and co-accused Paul Waters to a spot near the Ipswich dry ski-slope.

A WOMAN said a murder defendant tried to have sex with her at the same spot where he is alleged to have killed hospice worker Nicola West.

The witness who cannot be named for legal reasons said she was driven by Robert McCarry and co-accused Paul Waters to a spot near the Ipswich dry ski-slope.

The jury in the rape and murder trial heard that the woman had gone with the pair on a shopping trip but was expecting them to take her home afterwards.

Instead they stopped the car and said they were waiting for someone who had arranged to meet McCarry to buy cannabis.

McCarry, 36 of Vernon Street, Ipswich and Waters, 29 of Sandpiper Road stand accused of murdering 34-year-old Miss West of Leather Bottle Hill, Little Blakenham by strangulation and then dumping her body in the boot of a car on February 8.

McCarry is also charged with two counts of rape while Waters is charged with attempted rape. The pair deny the charges.

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Questioned by Karim Khalil, prosecuting, the witness said that after parking up at around 11.30pm McCarry had climbed into the back seat with her while Waters remained in the driving seat.

After sharing a cannabis joint McCarry had started touching her leg and kissing her neck and then climbed on top of her. This all happened at the start of the year although the woman was unable to say exactly when.

Asked by Mr Khalil if she had wanted any of this to happen she said: “No, I pushed him off me and told him I wanted to go home.”

She said that Paul Waters in the front of the car was aware of what was going on and aware of the fact that she wanted it to stop. She said McCarry grabbed her breasts and rubbed her crotch before finally listening to her pleas and climbing off her. At that point he got back into the front of the car and Waters drove them back to her flat where the three of them had previously been with friends.

The woman said neither men had offered any apology for what had happened and as soon as they got back McCarry had begun making sexual advances on another girl who also rebuffed him.

For McCarry, Martin Levett asked: “Having told him to stop, he eventually did?” To which the woman replied: “Yes.”

For Waters, Michael Brompton, said: “I suggest that when you made it absolutely plain it was unwelcome he drove you back home”. To which the woman replied: “No.”

The trial of Robert McCarry and Paul Waters continues.

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