Laughter after girl set alight, jury told
Thursday 02 December 1993
Anthony Dudson, 17, of Colby Walk, Moston, Manchester, was giving evidence at Manchester Crown Court on the 11th day of the trial of five people charged with murdering Suzanne Capper.
It is alleged that she was taken to remote woodland, doused in petrol and set alight. She received 70 per cent burns and died in hospital four days later.
Mr Dudson said that he returned to a house in Langworthy Road, Moston, with Glyn Powell, 28, his estranged wife, Jean, 26, and Bernadette McNeilly, 24, who were all said to have been in the wood with him when Suzanne was set alight. All are charged with murder.
At the house when they arrived was the fifth person accused of the murder, Jeffrey Leigh, 26, as well as Clifford Pook, 18, who last week was cleared of the murder on the direction of the judge.
Mr Dudson said: 'Cliff asked Glyn, 'Have you done it?'. Glyn said 'Yes' and he was laughing. He gave Cliff his lighter back.'
Mr Dudson said he was present when Suzanne was set alight but that he took no active part. He admitted he was a 'trainee car thief'.
Jack Price QC, representing Jean Powell, asked him under cross- examination, referring to the murder and torture of Suzanne: 'Do you say you were totally blameless?' Mr Dudson: 'Yes.'
The court has been told how Suzanne was held prisoner, tied to a bed and tortured before being set alight. The five deny murder.
Jean Powell, McNeilly and Pook have all pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, a charge the others deny, and Pook has also admitted conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm, which is denied by the other five.
The hearing continues.
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...