TENBY MURDER TRIAL: Jury retires to consider verdict

Western Telegraph: VICTIM: Joanna Hall. VICTIM: Joanna Hall.

The jury in the trial of a Tenby man accused of murdering his partner has retired to consider its verdict.

Steven Daniel Williams, age 31, of Newell Hill, Marsh Road, denies killing Joanna Hall at her home in Cresswell Street, Tenby, in March last year.

Miss Hall was stabbed around 40 times and died from her wounds 19 days later.

The prosecution says that Williams carried out the attack and then waited several hours before phoning 999.

Williams denies responsibility and claims Miss Hall was attacked while he was out at a shop buying whisky.

The Judge, The Honourable Mrs Justice Nicola Davies DBE, who started summing up the case yesterday, reminded the jury of the evidence given by Professor Harris, an expert in emergency medicine.

It was his opinion that the injuries were sustained some two to five hours before because of how low Joanna's temperature had dropped.

Mrs Justice Davies then summed up the defendant's evidence, including a pre prepared statement to police following his arrest.

The jury was also reminded of the evidence heard when Williams was cross questioned by Elwen Evans QC, prosecuting, last week, during which Williams admitted lying to psychiatrists about his drinking.

UPDATE: 4.15pm: The jury has been sent home for the evening and will return at 10.30am tomorrow (Thursday) to continue deliberations.

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