LiveLIVE: Day two of the Linda Lietaviete murder trial

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  • The man accused of murdering a Bournemouth student is on trial for the second day at Winchester Crown Court today.
  • Alvin Jay Santos, 25, was charged with murder following the death of 16-year-old Linda Lietaviete in December last year.
  • The former Glenmoor schoolgirl's body was discovered at Horseshoe Common.
  • A post-mortem into her death recorded that Miss Lietaviete had died of two stab wounds to the chest.
  • Santos, of Wimborne Road in Bournemouth, denies the charge.


Court is adjourned until 2pm for lunch. That's all our live coverage for today.


Next a statement from PC Daniel Cullen.

He described finding Linda's motionless female body with blood on the torso and face under a mound of leaves.

He said her head was leaned as far back as it could possibly go.

He said the paramedic told him it seemed like she had been strangled as well.


No questions from the defence, her evidence concludes.

Her colleague Gary Adams' statement will be read by Ms Maylin.

He says they had to search with torches without a precise location for about ten minutes.

He said he immediately knew from the amount of blood under the flyover that the patient would be "very poorly".

He later heard his colleague call out "Oh my God" when she found Linda's body.

He said it was quite clear that she was dead.


"We checked for pulses, heart sound and pupil, but there was nothing," she says.

She says Linda was "partially clothed". Her trousers and underwear were pulled down.

She confirms two wounds identified on Linda's chest.


Ms Maylin questions her. She asks if she and her colleague searched the common with torches, yes is the reply.

Later police arrived and joined them.

The witness says there was "quite a bit of blood" "plus 300ml" she says under the flyover. "It hadn't been there too long."

"There were drag marks."

She followed the drag marks into the wooded area, joined by further police support.

She discovered Linda's body under a "mound of leaves".

She cleared the leaves and called colleagues over.


The judge assures Catherine Santos that everyone in the court believes she did the right thing by calling the emergency services.

This provokes tears from the defendant. That concludes her evidence.

The next witness is paramedic Charlotte Deville, on duty on the night of Linda's death.


"About two years before this night Alvin got beaten up didn't he?" Mr Mousley says.

She went to see him immediately she says.

"There were concerns that he might have a head injury?"

"Yes, I understand," she says. She says he didn't get treatment for his head injury.

She says he would change his moods and she told him to go and see a doctor.

"Were there times at home when he would lose his temper, and that wasn't how it was with you and your father before?"

Yes and yes she responds.


Mr Mousley asks her to confirm that when Santos returned to the flat a second time he was crying and very upset."Yes," she says.

She confirms that Santos was crying and making groaning noises.

She says Santos asked her to call police that night

"He didn't say he was going to leave, he didn't try to leave?"

No, she says.


She has an interpreter, although she spoke very good English in the police interview. She is replying in person.

Prosecutor Kerry Maylin says she has no questions. Mr Mousley steps forward to ask a few questions.

He asks how long Santos was out that evening after he first came home. "I'm really not sure," she says.

He asks whether Santos answered any of her questions.


He suggests it was as if Santos "wasn't really with it, wasn't really there".

"Sonething like that," she says.


"He just said he stabbed somebody," she says.

She doesn't know why.

The tape ends and now she will be called to give evidence in person.


She says: "I am scared for my brother, I am scared for us."

"I told him to not go anywhere. He tried to hug me I said stay on the floor."


In a distressed state Catherine Santos continues with the interview, telling officers how she called the emergency services.

She was contacted by family members asking what was going on "but I didn't know."

"I told my brother I'm sorry but I have to do what is the right thing to do."


She sent him a text to ask what happened but got no reply, she says.

When he returned he was crying and saying "I'm sorry". He told her that he had stabbed someone.

She said she started crying.

"I slapped his back. What about papa I told him."

"I love you but I have to do something, I have to call the police, I have to call the ambulance."

She says, he replied: "Call them, I'm not going anywhere."


She was watching a Korean film on the night of the incident, she says.

She didn't really notice her brother at first. He went upstairs. Then he came back down naked, but she wasn't surprised.

She said she saw him carrying a black bin bag, then saw blood on his hand.

"Don't do anything bad," she said as he left.


Two harrowing calls to listen to.

Next an excerpt of the police interview of Catherine Santos is being shown to the court.


In a second call made by the ambulance service, they call Catherine to ask for a more precise location.

She gets this and says "near the bridge".

The ambulance controller asks her to keep her brother at the flat.

Catherine, who is very distressed, says he is "very drunk".

The controller asks if he still has the knife, but Catherine doesn't know.

Now the police have arrived. And the call ends.


First call, she says the ambulance is needed at Horseshoe Common. She says: "Please help the lady there."

She says her brother had come home covered in blood. He told her he had stabbed someone.

She says: "I don't want him to go away, I want him to go to the police."


The witness says Linda told her that Santos wanted to get back with her.

Under cross-examination, she confirms she has nothing other than Linda's word on that.

He asks how often she met Santos.

"More than five times."

That concludes the evidence if this witness. The next evidence is the recording of the 999 calls made by and to Santos' sister Catherine.


Linda sent a text saying "thanks for caring, not", he says, and Santos replied saying he was trying to give her space.

He asks the witness whether on this day Linda had punched a bin in anger and hurt her hand.

"She punched a bus stop sign."

He asks if she was "a bit aggressive".

"Yeah, a little bit."

Asked if Linda could "just explode ", the witness says "a bit".


Mr Mousley is now asking about Linda's past relationships. He asks when the breakup took place which left her crying in the park.

"November." The witness says she didn't want Santos hanging around, and he just left the pair of them when asked.


"She would have been about 14 then?"


Mr Mousley asks if the witness knows whether Linda was present when Santos was injured in the fight.

She says she is unsure.

He asks if the witness and Linda stopped being friends with Victor because he injured Santos.

She says they just stopped being friends.


He says: "She had told you that Alvin had wanted to be her boyfriend.

"She told you that they did go out for a couple of days.

"But she told you that she just wanted to be friends."

"Yes," she says.


The jury are back in court, defence counsel William Mousley is now cross-examining the witness via video link.


On one occasion Santos bought Linda a necklace, she says.

She says Linda smoked but didn't drink. She didn't think Santos bought her cigarettes.

She says she never saw Santos lose his temper, nor did she see Linda have any big arguments with friends.

That concludes the video evidence, short break now before the same witness gives further evidence via video link.


The witness tells police Linda told her that another man, Victor, then aged around 18, had "put Alvin in hospital".

She believes he suffered a broken jaw and broken ribs.


The interviewer says police found texts between Santos and Linda about that night. Linda admonished him for not "caring" that she was upset, but he replied that he only left when asked by the witness to give her space.


The witness tells police that Santos and Linda briefly went on a date.

Later he wanted them to get back together.

On another occasion, late last year, she and Linda were in Horseshoe Common, and Linda was upset and crying as she had split from her boyfriend.

Santos approached and the witness says she asked him to leave, which he did.


In her interview the witness, a friend of Linda, tells officers Santos seemed nice, but she didn't know how and where he and Linda met.

She says Linda told her that she liked Santos "as a friend".

She says she can't remember Linda ever telling her that she and Santos had been alone together.


This witness gave an interview to police in January. She is 16.


Now the jury are being called in.


Looks like we are starting with video evidence from a juvenile witness whose identity is protected.


Some uncertainty about where to start this morning as there are a few technical issues.


Good morning all. It is day two of the trial of Alvin Jay Santos, who is accused of murdering Bournemouth student Linda Lietaviete in December last year.

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