Murder trial: Defendant declines to give evidence

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A MAN accused of murdering his secret lover and dumping her body in a bay at low tide days later has elected not to give evidence in his defence.

Jamie Lee Warn Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (24111077)

Jamie Lee Warn, of St Helier, denies murdering Zsuzsanna Besenyei on 10 May 2018 and two counts of perverting the course of justice by lying to the police.

The prosecution alleges Mr Warn killed the 37-year-old and then kept her body in the boot of her car for three days before driving to Le Pulec in the early hours of 14 May and leaving her body on the beach.

It is claimed Mr Warn then drove her car onto Le Haule beach to make it appear as though she had killed herself.

Advocate James Bell, defending, only called Mr Warn's former employer and an expert witness, Christopher Watts, who gave evidence of the limitations of the mobile phone data.

Mr Watts said the evidence produced by police analyst Andrew Carpenter was 'good' but had been limited by the fact that Jersey Telecom only keeps records for ten days.

He also suggested it was impossible to know whether certain cell masts may not have been working over the relevant time and that it was impossible to know who had a phone, even if it was registering at a certain mast.

However, during cross-examination by Crown Advocate Simon Thomas, Mr Watts admitted that other evidence such at CCTV could be looked at to cross reference who may have had the phone at the relative time.

The defendant's employer at the time of the alleged murder – Mitchell Building Solutions operations manager Wayne Lawson – told the court Mr Warn was a 'good worker' but had only been with the company since 8 May.


Mr Lawson also told the court the company had given Mr Warn a pair of black gloves which were confiscated by the police when found in the defendant's rucksack.

Advocate Bell told the court Mr Warn had elected not give evidence 'as is his right'.

The 55-year-old defendant's trial before Deputy Bailiff Tim Le Cocq and a jury of six women and six men is in its seventh day.

Closing arguments from the defence and prosecution are expected this afternoon.

Richard Heath

By Richard Heath

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