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Suspect shopped to police by sister

PUBLISHED: 09:38 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 11:29 03 July 2010

A sister shopped her brother to the police after hearing about the killing of a Norfolk grandfather, a court heard yesterday.

Paul Slack, David Comer and Kathleen Johnson are all on trial for the murder of 64-year-old Alan Bowles who choked to death when his own walking stick was rammed down his throat in his Yarmouth flat in May last year.

A sister shopped her brother to the police after hearing about the killing of a Norfolk grandfather, a court heard yesterday.

Paul Slack, David Comer and Kathleen Johnson are all on trial for the murder of 64-year-old Alan Bowles who choked to death when his own walking stick was rammed down his throat in his Yarmouth flat in May last year.

Slack's sister Jackie Edwards yesterday told Norwich Crown Court that Slack was a fantasist and when she heard what had happened she thought it was “total rubbish”.

But after her son Daniel Lowe saw Mr Bowles' body in his flat she called Norfolk police with her son on May 28.

Mrs Edwards, who had not seen Slack for 12 months prior to Mr Bowles' death, said Slack called her on May 26 last year and she picked him up.

She said the explanation Slack gave her was that Mr Bowles had pulled a knife out on him and Johnson started on Mr Bowles. She said Slack told her he had kicked Mr Bowles in the head.

“He said all of them, the four of them, had been on a three-day bender drinking and I cannot remember if he said drugs or not,” she said.

The court heard that in her initial call to police and subsequent inter-view Mrs Edwards had said Slack had told her he had killed somebody.

But yesterday she said Slack had not admitted killing Mr Bowles, but had just said he was in trouble.

Daniel Lowe gave evidence via video link yesterday that Slack and Comer had turned up on his doorstep. Slack looked remorseful and tearful and Comer was “just sitting there”.

He said Slack told him he was “up on a murder charge” and Mr Bowles had died.

Mr Lowe said he did not believe Slack and so he went to Mr Bowles' flat where he found his body in his living room.

The jury has already been told that Mr Bowles was preyed on and subjected to “unimaginable vio-lence” before he choked to death after his walking stick was rammed down his throat. He suffered five fractured ribs, numerous bruises and had also been smothered.

Comer, 40, of Broad Row, Yarmouth, and Slack, 48, and Johnson, 58, both of no fixed address, all deny murder.

The case continues.

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