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Kerr murder: accused women 'burnt clothing'

By Dover Express  |  Posted: December 04, 2013

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TWO women accused of murdering Dover DJ Michael Kerr burned their clothes hours after the killing, the Old Bailey jury has been told.

The prosecution said the morning after the murder in April this year, they returned to the flat they shared in Clarendon Street.

Prosecutor Sarah Whitehouse alleged that Charlotte Coulson and Alicia Davis, both aged 22, set fire to their clothes in the garden.

It was at this point that they confided something of what they had done to a flatmate, Carl Picken.

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Mr Kerr died in the early hours of the morning on April 10 at Satmar Lane in Capel-le-Ferne.

The prosecutor told the court: "By 10.30 am Miss Davis was in McDonald's in Dover. Miss Coulson was back at Satmar Lane, together with Carl Picken.

"They were driven there by an acquaintance. Carl Picken took one look at the abandoned car and the body next to it and then realised this was a serious matter. He called police."

The court heard that Mr Kerr's body was found "lying on the ground, fully clothed, face up. He had been stabbed a number of times."

The women were later arrested at Clarendon Street.

They are alleged to have stabbed Mr Kerr 11 times in a planned attack.

Both women deny murdering Mr Kerr.

According to reports, the jury heard that Mr Kerr was born with learning difficulties and had a reading age of a 10-year-old child.

He had a speech impediment and struggled with hand and eye co-ordination.

Mr Kerr was particularly proud of his orange/gold Renault Clio and would offer lifts to people for petrol money.

The trial continues.

Click here for a round-up of the story from the Old Bailey so far

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  • Kent_Resident  |  December 04 2013, 12:18PM

    I hope the judge gives an equal sentence as if it were committed by a man. I have not seen the enquiry details or previously know of this case but I do know women generally do not get an appropriate sentence for premeditated murder. If you look at crime figures you see jail sentencing for women is much less as for men in all types of killings percentage wise. The judges, mainly men, seem to go easier because they are a woman. In today's society this should be no longer. A life taken by whoever is not, and should not, be worth less because the killer is a woman. Equality should prevail.

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