Woman accused of killing 88-year-old ‘was hysterical’, court hears

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A CARER accused of murdering an 88-year-old woman was “hysterical” when emergency services got to the scene, a court heard.

Beverley James, also known as Briggs, claims an intruder killed Harriet Davison in her flat at Emblehope House, in Farringdon, last July.

Prosecutors claim James was responsible for the death and had concocted the mystery attacker to cover her tracks.

The 39-year-old denies murder and is being tried at Newcastle Crown Court.

Line manager Jacqueline Harrison, a housing officer at Cheviot Homes, told jurors she escorted emergency services to Mrs Davison’s flat and caught sight of James in the hallway.

She said: “She was very dishevelled. She was sitting on the floor crying, she was very, very emotional.”

Ms Harrison said: “While she was in the property I couldn’t understand her. She was just hysterical.”

She said when she came out she “started mumbling about a guy who had been in the property”.

“She started telling me ‘he kept pulling me towards him, pulling me on top of him’.”

Ms Harrison said she had previously told James’ manager that she was concerned “about Harriet having Beverley’s personal mobile number”.

“He said he was fine with this.”

The trial continues.