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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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‘Zombie’ trial: 'Victim looked like she'd been in car crash'

A woman accused of attacking her pensioner aunt had blood-stained clothes that looked like they had been worn “in a butcher’s shop”, a court heard.

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Joanne Waite

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It was also claimed Joanne Waite, 44, wondered how the garments got into that state.

Waite, of Wastwater Avenue, Workington, is on trial at Carlisle Crown Court, where she denies assaulting Eleanor Huddart, 69, causing her actual bodily harm. She says she was acting in self defence, the court heard.

Previously the trial was told she claimed she thought she was hitting a “zombie type of thing”.

The court heard how violence broke out after a family barbecue at the home of Mrs Huddart and her husband, Henry, in July last year.

Mrs Huddart was also attacked by her husband that night and was left, following all the violence inflicted on her, with injuries including a fractured eye socket.

The court has now heard details about the aftermath of this when Mrs Huddart called at a neighbour’s house the next morning.

The neighbour, Raymond Hingston, told the court: “I was shocked.

“I thought she’d been in a car accident. She was bruised. Her face was more than twice the size it should have been.”

Waite, a former neighbour, also called round to his house that day.

“She went off like a gatling gun, saying ‘I hope I didn’t do this, I hope I didn’t do that’,” said Mr Hingston.

“She was wondering how her clothes got in the state they were in.”

Tim Evans, prosecuting, asked him what state the clothes were in.

“As if she had worn them in a butcher’s shop,” said Mr Hingston.

Mr Evans asked if she said anything about what might have happened.

Mr Hingston added: “She said she saw somebody blonde covered in blood coming towards her. She didn’t know what happened. She didn’t know how she got into the state she was in.”

Helena James, also giving evidence, said she spoke to Waite that day.

Mr Evans asked: “Did she say anything about what she may have seen the previous night?”

Mrs James replied: “She said the bell went and somebody had come into the living room and fell into her.

“She said she didn’t have a clue who it was. Just covered in blood and it was like something out of a 1960s horror movie.”

Michael Davies, defending Waite, put it to her that her memory was “just playing tricks” on her.

She replied: “My memory is playing no tricks with me.”

The trial continues.

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