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Chalcots murder trial: Defendant ‘left bloody footprints’ on Hannah Leonard’s body

PUBLISHED: 18:14 06 November 2018 | UPDATED: 18:14 06 November 2018

Hannah Leonard

Hannah Leonard

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Lucy Casey left bloody footprints on the face, hand and arm of Chalcots Estate stab victim Hannah Leonard before leaving the scene with the victim’s handbag and coat, the Old Bailey heard on Monday.

But the defendant, 43, claimed while giving evidence she had nothing to do with Ms Leonard’s death in February, and said instead she woke up to see co-defendant James Whitaker, 28, standing over the dying woman.

Casey even said she grabbed the knife from Whitaker to prevent further violence.

Ms Leonard, 55, was stabbed repeatedly in her Bray Tower flat on the night of night of February 5 to 6.

Casey, of Claire Court in Kilburn, and Whitaker, 28, of Chamberlayne Road in Kensal Rise, are both accused of killing her after spending the evening drinking with her.

At the Old Bailey on Monday, Casey admitted leaving the scene – where the mother-of-one lay dying – with Ms Leonard’s possessions, but claimed the victim had given her permission to take the bag and borrow the coat.

She said: “I can’t remember when I picked the coat up. When I was leaving I put it on. I took the handbag because she said I could – I didn’t want to say no and insult her.”

Defending Whitaker, Mr John Cooper QC told the jury that marks found on Ms Leonard’s body came from Casey’s trainers.

He said: “You see these marks made in blood made by what appears to be a training shoe. Ms Casey, it’s your trainer that’s made the marks.”

The court was also shown CCTV footage of Ms Leonard, Casey and Whitaker taken from earlier on the evening in question. Having been thrown out of the Sir Colin Campbell pub on Kilburn High Road, the footage showed Casey fighting in the street with an ex-partner, Wayne Dillon.

Prosecutor Sarah Whitehouse QC told the court: “You punched him three times and you’ve thrown three things at him. You were very very angry. No one is suggesting being abused and called a slag or a prostitute is nice, but instead of walking away, you attacked him.

“That’s how you react when someone upsets you.”

Responding to questions from her own barrister, Mr Henry Blaxland QC, Casey confirmed she fought with Mr Dillon, who she claimed had subjected her to “domestic abuse, like hitting me” during their relationship.

Ms Whitehouse added: “You attacked Ms Leonard with a knife, maybe two knives, with you and Mr Whitaker together, then you took the decision to make off with her clothes and her bag.”

The trial continues.

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