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Bethany Hill trial - Woods blames 'pure evil' boyfriend for the killing

Correspondent 11th Jan, 2017 Updated: 11th Jan, 2017

A YOUNG transgender woman blamed her boyfriend and co-defendant for the sadistic killing of Bethany Hill, describing him to the police as ‘pure evil.’

A jury at Warwick Crown Court heard Kayleigh Woods made the comment during a police interview following her arrest on suspicion of being involved in Beth’s death.

The 23 year-old of Hertford Road, Stratford, and Jack Williams, 21, who was said to have been living with her at the time, have both pleaded not guilty to Beth’s murder on February 3 last year.

The jury at Warwick Crown Court has heard Beth’s body was discovered by the police and paramedics when they went to the ground-floor flat after a 999 call from Woods at just after 7pm.

But by then Beth’s blood-soaked body had been lying in the flat for more than 12 hours, after her throat had been cut, severing the jugular vein, prosecutor Stephen Linehan QC has said.

In her first police interview Woods said on the night of February 2 Beth, who the jury has heard had a history of self-harm, had come out of the bathroom with cuts to her legs and then tried to drink bleach.

She said she stopped Beth, with whom she was planning to have a baby and raise it ‘as best friends,’ and made her drink some milk after she had been sick, and Beth then went to bed.

Woods said she was then in the sitting room at about 1am when someone arrived who had been coming there at that time for about two weeks, although she did not name the person as Williams.

She said he then left the room, and she found him in the bedroom on top of Beth.

She said he ‘obviously killed her,’ but later in the interview said she just saw him on top of Beth and did not know what was going on, but left the flat.

She continued: “That’s when he’s come up behind me with a knife with blood all over it, and looked at me dead in the eye and just said ‘You realise if you say anything, you’re next.’”

Woods said she returned to the flat to see whether Beth was OK, and saw there was ‘blood everywhere.’

She said the man also came back into the flat, and she was told to clean it up or he was going to kill her, but that she did not go into the bathroom.

She told the police: “He said he cut her neck and that there’s blood everywhere. I knew there would be blood everywhere, but I didn’t expect it to be like that.”

After trying to clean up, they left the flat, and she said the knife, which she described as ‘a really long thin one’ which had been borrowed from a neighbour, was thrown into the river by Jack.

Earlier on the fifth day of the trial forensic scientist Nicholas Smith said he had examined the knife, which had been recovered from the river by police divers.

Because it had been in flowing water, there was no visible blood on the external surfaces, and although some DNA was recovered, it was not suitable for a comparison test to be carried out.

But Mr Smith said the knife was then taken apart, and there was ‘red/brown staining’ in the rivet holes, with a test indicating the presence of blood, so a DNA test was undertaken.

“A DNA profile matching that of Bethany Hill was found from the tested material. It was a billion times more likely to have originated from Beth than from someone else not related to her.”

Mr Smith also examined a pair of trainers taken from Williams when he was arrested, and found both were bloodstained, mainly in the upper tongue region, but not heavily.

One was sent for DNA analysis, and the blood again gave a match which was a billion times more likely to have come from Beth.

The trial continues.

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