LiveLIVE: Angelo Rodrigues murder trial

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  • Two people accused of murdering Bournemouth man Angelo Rodrigues are standing trial at Winchester Crown Court.
  • The 45-year-old died of multiple stab wounds following an incident at his flat in Coleman Road, West Howe on July 27, 2012.
  • Tracy Mansell, 56, of Coleman Road, West Howe and James Kinsley, 40, of Hinton Road, Bournemouth, deny killing Mr Rodrigues.
  • The case is being prosecuted by Graham Reeds QC.
  • Kinsley is represented by Peter Birkett and Mansell by Mark Heyward QC.


Prosecution have finished opening the case.

The trial continues tomorrow when the first live witnesses are expected to give evidence.


PROS: It is said Tracy Mansell's responsibility for what she did was diminished. This depends on the analysis of her psychiatric state.

The prosecution don't accept this was a case of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

She lost her temper after a long-running dispute with her neighbour.


PROS: James Kinsley knew that Tracy Mansell had a bladed weapon and that he realised that she might use it with the intention required for murder and none the less he continued.


PROS: Tracy Mansell now appears to accept she inflicted all the injuries caused by the bladed weapon.


PROS: Tracy Mansell was arrested in James Kinsley's flat that evening.

James Kinsley was arrested the following day after handing himself in to police.  


PROS: Police found one blade from a pair of scissors in Tracy Mansell's flat and scientists found it to be a fit with the scissor blade found near the bin store with Angelo's Rodrigue's DNA on it.


PROS: In Tracy Mansell's flat James Kinsley's jeans were found in the kitchen sink.

These jeans were heavily blood stained and matched a full DNA profile of Angelo Rodrigues.

One training shoe was found in her flat and matched a shoe left during the struggle in Angelo Rodrigues flat. Both were stained with his blood.


PROS: Angelo Rodrigues had 35 serperate injuries - 25 were caused by a sharp weapon.

It is the prosecution's case that Tracy Mansell used that weapon to inflict all the stab wounds to Angelo Rodrigues.

The marks of violence to the face - these were caused by Kinsley assaulting him by punching him with a clenched fist.

There were no defence wounds found on Angelo Rodrigues and this could be explained if he was pinned down by Kinsley at the time he was stabbed in the chest and legs by Mansell.


PROS: Police arrived at 7.35pm and found the lifeless body of Angelo Rodrigues slumped on the floor.

He had been stabbed in the lower abdomen, in both thighs and on both sides of the chest.

He also had injuries on his face and head.

A post mortem examination revealed Rodrigues died of multiple stab wounds.


PROS: The jury will be shown CCTV footage of Mansell and Kinsley and the behaviour of each of them is "remarkable".

A taxi driver said Mansell was drunk or stoned when he picked her up.

On her arrest, tests revealed Mansell was more than twice the limit for driving at the time of the "killing" and could have been suffering from the effects of cannabis and cocaine.


PROS: A police search near to the bins store recovered a drinks can and close by a single scissor blade with a black handle.

It was clean of blood but material was recovered from the blade which matched that of Angelo Rodrigues.

The DNA evidence supports the view this was the weapon that was used to stab him.



PROS: Mansell and Kinsley left the flat and walked to a friend's flat a short distance away where Mansell was heard to say she'd threatened someone with a pair of scissors. 

"She was carrying a drinks can with a scissor blade which she dropped near to some wheelie bins.

"She had blood on her clothing and on her legs."


PROS: Mansell and Kinsley then went into Angelo Rodrigues' flat where he was beaten and stabbed repeatedly until he collapsed and died from the effect of losing so much blood.


PROS: "She saw Tracy Mansell was carrying a knife. She saw Mansell jabbing, launching forward towards Angelo Rodrigues.

"Then she saw drops of blood on the floor outside the door of his flat."


PROS: "When Angelo Rodrigues opened the door Tracy Mansell, angry, started shouting at swearing at him saying she was fed up of the noise and 'sick of him'."


PROS: A neighbour saw Mansell on the stairs in the flats complaining about Angelo Rodrigues and heard her say "she'd had enough of it".

"She (Mansell) was angry.

"She knocked on the door. Then she banged on the letterbox, then she kicked the door."


PROS: "On Friday July 27 at about 7pm Tracy Mansell went up to flat E angry and armed with a bladed weapon in order to confront Angelo Rodrigues."


PROS: The defendant James Kinsley, known as Jim or Jimmy, lived about four and a half miles away in Hinton Road. He is Tracy Mansell's boyfriend/partner. 


PROS: "It is fair to say neither of them were good neighbours.

"Both were known to be argumentative. Both could disturb others with their music and by shouting or by generally being loud.

"One neighbour thought that Tracy Mansell and Angelo Rodrigues had been feuding with each other for years." 


Bournemouth Echo:

PROS: In July 2012 Tracy Mansell lived in a three storey block of flats in Coleman Road, Bournemouth, with Angelo Rodrigues.

She lived in flat A on the ground floor and Mr Rodrigues lived in flat E on the first floor.


Prosecutor Graham Reeds QC is now going to open the case.


Jury selection is now taking place in court.

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