Murder accusation 'prepostrous'

THE former boyfriend of murdered Suffolk woman Dawn Walker has denied flying into a rage and killing her after she ended their two-year relationship.Kevin Nunn told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that it was “preposterous” to suggest that he killed 37-year-old Dawn Walker and then dumped her burnt body near a footpath in Fornham Park, near Bury St Edmunds.

THE former boyfriend of murdered Suffolk woman Dawn Walker has denied flying into a rage and killing her after she ended their two-year relationship.

Kevin Nunn told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that it was “preposterous” to suggest that he killed 37-year-old Dawn Walker and then dumped her burnt body near a footpath in Fornham Park, near Bury St Edmunds.

Giving evidence during the fifth week of his trial, 45-year-old Nunn said that his relationship with Miss Walker had been “drifting” for several months and it wasn't a shock when it ended.

He told the court that on February 2, 2005 - the last night Miss Walker was seen alive - he had arranged to go to her house in Oak Close, Fornham St Martin after meeting her at the gym they both went to.


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He said they had both sat down on a settee and she had broken the silence by saying: “Are you thinking what I'm thinking?”

Nunn said: “I said I felt the relationship was over and she said 'Yes'.”

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He said he had felt quite relieved that a decision had been reached, as their relationship had been drifting for a while and he was also aware that Miss Walker had recently been reacquainted with a former boyfriend called Stuart White.

“It wasn't a shock, it wasn't out of the blue. We had had three or four discussions about our relationship and where Stuart White fitted in and where we were going,” he said.

Asked by his barrister Michael Wolkind QC, “Did you there and then fly into some rage and kill her?” Nunn replied: “That's preposterous.”

Nunn also denied that after killing Miss Walker he had enlisted the help of another person to move her body and that he was one of two people seen by a neighbour, carrying what appeared to be a sack or a rolled up carpet across Miss Walker's lawn into a car.

“That definitely wasn't me. I wasn't involved in Dawn's death at all,” he said.

Nunn, formerly of Wrights Way, Woolpit, but now living in Brandon, has denied murdering Miss Walker.

Also before the court was Nigel Hill, 37 of Tostock Road, Beyton who had denied helping to dispose of Miss Walker's body. He was cleared of the charge on Monday after the trial judge Mrs Justice Laura Cox ruled there was insufficient evidence for the case against him to continue.

Opening Nunn's defence yesterday, his barrister Mr Wolkind directed the jury's attention to one of Miss Walker's former boyfriends, Leon May, who had allegedly boasted about committing a perfect murder.

Mr Wolkind said that at the time of Miss Walker's death, Mr May, who had a reputation for violence, was living near Miss Walker in Oak Close.

He said that Nunn had no experience of giving evidence in a court and had never been convicted of a crime.

Mr Wolkind told the jury that if they thought it was possible that Leon May had murdered Miss Walker they would have to acquit Nunn.

He also drew the jury's attention to a small amount of sperm that was found on Miss Walker's body. Mr Wolkind said that Nunn had had a vasectomy in 1992 and a test carried out last week had shown that his semen did not contain any sperm.

He said that the prosecution had accused Nunn of lying about the time he went to Miss Walker's house on the last night she was seen alive, based on CCTV footage from the gym she and Nunn attended. However, Mr Wolkind said the defence would be calling a witness who would say that the time on the footage was 45 minutes fast which would fit in with Nunn's account of the evening.

The trial continues today.

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