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LIVE: Angelo Rodrigues murder trial - day three
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- Two people accused of murdering Bournemouth man Angelo Rodrigues are standing trial at Winchester Crown Court.
- The 44-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 murdering Mr Rodrigues.
- The case is being prosecuted by Graham Reeds QC.
- Kinsley is represented by Peter Birkett QC and Mansell by Mark Heyward QC
Court finishes for the day.
The trial, at Winchester Crown Court, is due to resume at 10.30am tomorrow, depending on the weather.
Mr Edwards was asked by the prosecution to describe how Mansell reacted when Mr Rodrigues was noisy.
"I came home from work one day, I was talking to Tracy and spotted Angelo on his balcony, so I started talking to him.
"She said what are you talking to him for, shoued some uncomplimentary names at him and told him to f**k off."
He said Mr Rodrigues would talk to himself in English and his native Portugese.
The jury and witness have just been sent out while a point of law was discussed, but the trial is continuing now for a few more minutes.
Under cross-examination, Mr Edwards says that Mr Rodrigues used to talk nonsense to his TV, or to the wall.
He later saw Mansell returning to her flat with Kinsley.
"It was only a brief glimpse, it looked like someone storming back to their flat after an argument."
Mr Edwards heard Mansell shouting for around two minutes as if having an argument.
"I assumed she was having an argument with Angelo Rodrigues as has happened before."
He said Mr Rodrigues could be quite noisy, but so could Tracy Mansell during the Summer.
Next up is Christopher Edwards, another neighbour, who lived next to Mansell on the ground floor.
Under cross-examination Mr Tayor says he couldn't understand much of what Mansell was saying at the door as she was swearing.
He says he could not understand much of what Mr Rodrigues said because of his accent.
He has now finished his evidence.
Mr Taylor: "I saw her go for him a few times. She made one slashing motion and one stabbing motion.
"He put his arm up to protect himself, but I didn't see any blood."
He and Ms Whelan, both 22-years-old, walked to the bin store where she called 999, then went to the bus stop to stay out of the way.
Mr Taylor has confirmed his partner's description of Mansell brushing past, muttering to herself, and going up to the door of the flat.
"She knocked at the door and flipped the letter box, then kicked the door, then he finally answered.
"She was shouting that there was too much noise coming from the flat.
"I didn't know what to think, but it was quite scary. It happened quite fast.
"I saw was that she had a knife just before she opened the door."
Back again, talk in the court room is about heavy snow expected tomorrow which may delay witnesses.
Ms Whelan has finished her evidence, next up is her partner Tyler Taylor.
The prosecution also has questions following on from Ms Whelan's statement to the police.
Mr Reeds has asked her to confirm a line in the statment: "She was slashing but it was almost as if she was trying to fend him off, even though he hadn't done anything."
Ms Whelan agrees she didn't see Mr Rodrigues do anything.
She says that at the time she assumed the incident was an on-going dispute.
Mr Heyward asks Ms Whelan to confirm that in her witness statement to the police on July 28 she said Mansell looked as if she might be trying to fend off Mr Rodrigues when she was slashing at his upraised arm.
Ms Whelan: "I already expressed two different views in that statement, it was difficult to see what was going on."
Mark Heyward, for Mansell, is asking Ms Whelan about Mr Rodrigues' general behaviour as a neighbour.
She says he used to shout and scream to himself inside and outside the flat.
Under cross-examination Ms Whelan says Mansell would normally acknowledge her when they passed, but ignored her on this occasion, talking to herself.
She was repeating "Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!" at the door and stopping Mr Rodrigues from speaking.
Ms Whelan went outside and moved away from the flats as she was scared. She then dialled 999.
The recording of her 999 call will be played to the court later in the proceedings.
Ms Whelan was about to ask Mansell to stop shouting as she was worried it would frighten her child, when she spotted a knife in her hand.
"I saw her lunge at him, she wasn't very steady on her feet."
"At some point I saw her making jabbing movements towards him, slicing movements."
Ms Whelan: Mansell walked passed her and her partner as they were unloading shopping from her daughter's buggy.
She went up the stairs complaining about noise and began to knock on and kick the door "quite aggressively".
When it was opened by Mr Rodrigues, after about two minutes, Mansell started shouting and swearing at him.
On the day of Mr Rodrigues' death Ms Whelan was returning home from a shopping trip with her partner Tyler Taylor and her young daughter.
That concludes the toxicological report.
Now neighbour Laura Whelan is giving evidence.
PROS: Mansell's blood also contained cocaine and THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.
The samples also contained anti-depressants.
The report says the concentration of cocaine meant it might have been a large dose some time before the incident, or a smaller dose closer to the time of Mr Rodrigues' death.
Alcohol known to exacerbate the effects of cocaine.
PROS: Mansell's blood, which was sampled some five hours after the incident, likely contained more than twice the legal limit for driving at the time of the attack on Mr Rodrigues.
Now looking at blood samples from Tracy Mansell.
Graham Reeds, for the prosecution, continues reading from the toxiology report of forensic scientist Pauline Lax.
Mr Rodrigues' blood contained a Diazepam concentration consistent with treatment for anxiety, as well as anti-depressant drugs.
Court has resumed.
Despite concerns over the snow forecast for the area tomorrow the trial will continue in the morning as planned.
Court breaks for lunch, back after 2pm with the rest of the toxicology evidence from Pauline Lax.
PROS: Mr Rodrigues' blood sample contained a concentration of methadone consistent with drug therapy.
It also contained THC, the active chemical in cannabis. The significant concentration suggests he may have been experiencing some of the effects of cannabis when he died.
PROS: Mr Rodrigues had a moderate level of alcohol in his blood at the time of his death.
Blood alcohol was 91mg per 100ml of blood, compared with the legal driving limit of 80mg per 100ml of blood.
Mr Reeds is reading written evidence of a toxicologist who examined blood and urine samples from Mr Rodrigues and Mansell.
Jane Rice has finished giving evidence.
Mrs Rice: Dilute blood stains on Mansell's shorts might have splashed on them when the jeans were being washed in the sink.
Mr Reeds is asking Mrs Rice for more information on the training shoe found in Mr Rodrigues' flat.
She said a blood stain on the upper of the shoe could have been caused by the wearer kicking the victim, but acknowledged under cross-examination that it might have another cause.
The jury is getting a closer look at an exhibit described by Peter Birkett QC as a "home made weapon".
It is a length of cable with a handle at one end and a weighted lock at the other.
Mrs Rice says DNA on the handle might be from both Mr Rodrigues and Kinsley, but blood samples taken from it belonged to the victim.
Mr Heywood has suggested the dilute blood stains on some of the clothing examined may not have come from splattered blood being washed off, but from coming into contact with already diluted blood.
Mrs Rice says this is possible.
Mark Heyward QC, for the defence, is cross-examining Mrs Rice on the process of DNA identification, and its reliability.
PROS: Evidence suggets bloody barefoot footprints in the hall could only have come from Mr Rodrigues as both defendants wore trainers, and Kinsley wore socks.
Mrs Rice: Blood stains on trainers containing Mansell's DNA belonged to Mr Rodrigues.
Mrs Rice: Blood stains from jeans found wet in the sink of Mansell's flat belonged to Mr Rodrigues.
DNA from inside suggests they may have been worn by Kinsley.
Mrs Rice: DNA recovered from the single blood stained training shoe found in Mr Rodrigues' flat suggested it could have been worn by Kinsley.
Blood on the outside of the shoe belonged to Mr Rodrigues.
Mrs Rice: Mr Rodrigues' blood was identified on fabric samples taken from the sofa in his bedroom.
But no evidence of anyone else's DNA.
Mrs Rice: Cellular material found on the blade.
She says there was a DNA match to Mr Rodrigues.
Mrs Rice: No blood stains were found on the scissor blade, but some indication of a reaction to blood on the plastic handle.
A mixture of DNA found which could have been contributed to by the victim and defendants, but of "little evidencial significance".
Prosecutor Graham Reeds QC is about to show Mrs Rice images of evidence which she has examined.
He starts with the broken half of the pair of scissors.
Mrs Rice is a specialist in DNA evidence and studying blood stains at crime scenes.
She says the chances of a full DNA profile match identifying the wrong individual are "one in a billion".
Today's first live witness is forensic scientist Jane Rice.
Good morning from Winchester Crown Court.
Just waiting for the defendants to arrive so day three of the trial can get under way.