Murder trial jury out
A JURY hearing the trial of a nurse accused of murdering his lover has been sent out to make its decision after nearly three weeks of evidence. The eight men and four women are responsible for deciding whether auxiliary nurse Sean Hilton, of Brook Street, Soham, strangled his lover Kim Fuller on the grounds of diminished responsibility, or intentionally took her life.
A JURY hearing the trial of a nurse accused of murdering his lover has been sent out to make its decision after nearly three weeks of evidence.
The eight men and four women are responsible for deciding whether auxiliary nurse Sean Hilton, of Brook Street, Soham, strangled his lover Kim Fuller on the grounds of diminished responsibility, or intentionally took her life.
Hilton could face life imprisonment if the jury believes the prosecution's case that the 39-year-old is a devious and compulsive liar, who was “calm, cold and calculated” when he killed Ms Fuller on March 3 last year, and dumped her body near to a disused airfield in Norfolk
Timothy Barnes, prosecuting, said Hilton showed “nauseating hypocrisy” for seeing two women at once, and questioned whether his plans to move in with his second lover on March 7 had led to Ms Fuller's untimely death just four days beforehand.
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But he said it was also possible Ms Fuller had “signed her own death warrant” by reading two text messages sent to her from a male friend on the evening of her death, prompting Hilton to fly into a fit of rage and “choke the life out of her”.
He added Hilton was a “violent bully” who only showed remorse after Ms Fuller's death to make things easier for him, and urged the jury to disregard the evidence of two psychiatrists who believed he was suffering from severe mental impairment at the time of the killing.
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But Karim Khalil, who is defending Hilton, said the jury would be “flying in the face of common sense” to dismiss the psychiatrists' conclusions. He also said Hilton knew he had to be punished and that he would be staying in prison.
“He killed her in his own home when others knew she was going there,” said Judge Gross, whilst summing up the defence case at Cambridge Crown Court yesterday.
“He took the body away in his own car, and did not hide it. There was nothing he could do to bring Kim Fuller back, but the defendant was not a cold killer.”
The trial continues.