Murder trial jury retires to consider verdict

An area around Brickfields Avenue in Newmarket is cordoned off and a murder inquiry launched after a

Clare Nash died in her flat in Brickfields, Newmarket - Credit: Archant

The jury in the trial of a former trainee jockey accused of murdering his former girlfriend in Newmarket has retired to consider its verdict. 

Before Ipswich Crown Court is Charles Jessop, 30, of Bakers Row, Newmarket, who has denied murdering 33-year-old Clare Nash at her flat in the town’s Brickfields on January 16 last year.

He has admitted unlawfully killing her but denies murder.

Giving evidence during his trial, which started in April, Jessop denied thinking there was something going on between Miss Nash and a mutual friend and that he’d told a friend: “If I can’t have her, no-one can.”

Jessop told the court that prior to the killing, he had been snorting the antidepressant drug Citalopram and this had made him angry and aggressive.

He denied a suggestion by prosecution counsel Mark Cotter QC that he had latched on to the Citalopram to “wriggle out of responsibility” for stabbing and strangling Miss Nash.

During his evidence, Jessop described himself as being in a “psychotic rage” after taking Citalopram, which had been prescribed by his doctor just over two weeks before the killing.

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He said he had been feeling suicidal and increasingly lonely and depressed in the days leading up to the killing after Miss Nash ended their relationship.

He had started “snorting” Citalopram in a bid to lift his mood but instead they had made him angry and aggressive.

On January 16, he had cycled to her flat after snorting two Citalopram tablets and described feeling as though he was playing a computer game.

When Miss Nash arrived home, Jessop said he had walked in through the unlocked front door and accused her of avoiding him.

The court heard he had then taken a knife out of his jacket and held it against the side of her face and put his arm across her chest saying: “I told you I was going to do this didn’t I?”

He had then stabbed her about three times before she managed to break free and go into the toilet, jurors were told.

Jessop said he believed there was a gun in the house and thought she had gone into the toilet to look for it so that she could shoot him.

He had continued stabbing her and had strangled her after she told him she was pregnant and that if they went upstairs she would show him the pregnancy test, the court heard.

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