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Michael Kerr murder trial: Davis & Coulson to give evidence

By Simon_Finlay  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

ACCUSED: Alicia Davis and Charlotte Coulson, both aged 22

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THE two women accused of murdering budding DJ Michael Kerr in a sustained knife attack are to give evidence next week.The are to be cross-examined in court five at the Old Bailey as the trial enters its third dramatic week.Mr Kerr, 30, suffered a total of 21 separate injuries during the prolonged onslaught in April at Capel-le-Ferne, including four defensive injuries to his hands.Alicia Davis and Charlotte Coulson, both 22, claim the Aycliffe resident was stabbed during an alleged rape attempt in April.

The jury was told that Mr Kerr was stabbed in the chest and slashed in the throat before his body was dumped next to his car in a remote lane in Capel.

The defendants claim he tried to sexually assault Davis, who earlier had sex with him for £20 to buy Frosty Jack cider and vodka.

Mr Kerr's parents Pat and Jim were in court to hear pathologist Dr Ben Swift outline the horrific catalogue of injuries their son had suffered.

One wound to his throat was so severe it had damaged the spine muscles at the back of the neck.

"I would suggest that the assault lasted minutes rather than seconds," Dr Swift said.

He agreed with the possibility of a prosecution scenario in which Mr Kerr was stabbed by both women in his gold Renault Clio.

Abrasions to Mr Kerr's forehead may have been caused by the fingernails of one of them.

Two of Mr Kerr's teeth had been smashed from his jaw with a blow that would have taken "severe" force, Dr Swift said. They were later found under his body.

It emerged in police interviews that two messages were sent to Mr Kerr from Coulson's phone after he died.

The incident happened at about 2.25am but the last message came from Coulson at 5.47am in which she told him she could not sleep.

Mr Kerr, a former Harbour School pupil, was born with a chromosomal condition, Fragile Syndrome, which meant he had learning difficulties, spoke with a stammer and had a limp, the court heard.

Davis, of Milner Crescent, Aylesham, and Coulson, of Clarendon Street, Dover, both deny murder.

The trial continues.

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

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