Sus­pect ‘happy’ with boyfriend

Sunderland Echo - - News -

A woman has told ju­rors she was “happy” with her boyfriend be­fore he was tor­tured and killed and has de­nied play­ing any part in his mur­der.

Mark Shaw was tied up, beaten, bit­ten, gagged, at­tacked with weapons and stabbed to death at his home in Grange Villa, near Ch­ester-le-Street, in De­cem­ber last year.

The 29-year-old suf­fered mul­ti­ple in­juries across his body in the “sus­tained” at­tack, which pros­e­cu­tors claim was at the hands of his girl­friend Zoe War­ren, 19, and neigh­bour Keiran Adey, 19.

His body was found, still bound at the an­kles, in a bed­room at his home.

War­ren of Chipchase, Wash­ing­ton, and Adey, of Queen Street, Grange Villa, both deny mur­der and are be­ing tried by a jury at New­cas­tle Crown Court.

While giv­ing ev­i­dence from the wit­ness box, War- ren told ju­rors: “He was great, he was like my best friend, we were re­ally close. I was happy.” War­ren has ad­mit­ted she was at the scene when Mr Shaw was “tor­tured” and killed by her co-ac­cused, but has de­nied be­ing part of any vi­o­lence.

War­ren said she was “in my own world, in shock, scared” af­ter the killing and said she “wasn’t think­ing straight”.

She said she felt like a “coward” af­ter the killing be­cause she had not done more to stop it, but had been “ter­ri­fied” at the time.

War­ren also de­nies a charge of in­tim­i­da­tion in re­la­tion to an an­gry let­ter she al­legedly sent to a new man, who she “turned on” af­ter he be­came a wit­ness in the case.

She told ju­rors the note was penned out of “frus­tra­tion” and had not been in­tended to in­tim­i­date.

War­ren also de­nies in­tim­i­da­tion. The trial con­tin­ues.

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