Alleged Sunderland murderer seemed unharmed, despite claiming she was attacked

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A PARAMEDIC found no injuries or marks on a carer who claimed she had been attacked by an intruder who had also killed her elderly client.

Simon Newby was one of the first medics at the scene of Harriet Davison’s death in her sheltered accommodation flat on July 16 last year.

The 88-year-old had been suffocated and suffered cheekbone and rib fractures in a horrifying assault.

Mrs Davison’s carer, Beverley James, aka Briggs, said a stranger was responsible for the killing, as well as an attack on her.

Prosecutors claim James carried out the murder then concocted an “elaborate sham” to cover her tracks.

The 39-year-old, of Springwell Road, Sunderland, denies murder and is being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

Paramedics and police officers had arrived at the flat in Emblehope House, Sunderland, at 2.26 that afternoon.

Mr Newby said he saw James sitting down in the living room near Mrs Davison’s body.

The paramedic told jurors James was “hysterical” but had told him both she and Mrs Davison had been attacked by a man.

Mr Newby said: “She said she had been out at Morrisons, she had made the lady a chicken dinner then as she was walking out of the door she was hit on the head.”

Mr Newby said he examined the area of James’s head where she indicated she had been hit.

But he told the court: “I couldn’t find anything. There did not seem to be any blood there, there wasn’t any bumps. I used a pen torch to have a look.”

Mr Newby said James also claimed to have marks on her neck from the attacker.

But he said he examined the neck area and told jurors: “I couldn’t find any marks.”

Mr Newby said James gave him a glimpse into what she said happened in Mrs Davison’s flat that afternoon.

He told the court: “She said that the man had made her smoke a cigarette and also lie on top of the old lady.”

When asked if he could detect a smell of smoke in the flat, Mr Newby said: “None at all.”

Mrs Davison was pronounced dead at 2.58pm that afternoon, after desperate efforts by paramedics to save her.

Mr Newby said he found the whole scene “odd”.

The trial continues.