Norris Simpson Murder Trial Continues

January 16, 2013

The trial of 54-year-old Norris Simpson continued in the Supreme Court today [Jan 16]. Simpson is charged with murdering Ida James, who was found dead at her Berry Hill Road home in Paget in September 2011.

Simpson was arrested later that month, and charged with murdering the 66-year-old former social worker. He had rented a room from her in a North Shore property she owned.

Testifying this morning was Nepalese woman who was Ms James’ tenant. Speaking through a translator, she described finding Ms James body and telling her husband who ran for help.

Next witness up was Acting Chief Inspector Cardwell. He testified to being in his private car driving along Berry Hill Road and being flagged down by a man waving his arms. He said the man had blood on him, and thrust a cellphone at him after which he found himself talking to a 911 operator.

He went with the man into Ms James house, where he discovered Ms James body on the kitchen floor. The scene was described in Court, and Mr Cardwell said he called for an ambulance and a Police Serious Crimes Unit response team and remained on the scene.

The jury was sworn in earlier this week, and previously heard Ms James was stabbed some 60 times. Simpson has denied killing Ms James, and the trial continues.

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