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Tuesday, 28 August, 2001, 16:10 GMT 17:10 UK
'Violent' death over drug duping
Scales of Justice at the Old Bailey
The trial is taking place at the Old Bailey in London
A woman who paid 1,200 for a bag of parsley she thought was drugs was murdered after her "real" dealer suspected a double-cross, the Old Bailey has been told.

The dealer, Courtney Peters, his girlfriend Fiona Jamison and cousin Ewing Thomas, "exacted ultimate revenge" on Wendy Woodhouse, said Victor Temple QC, prosecuting.

"It was brutal, it was violent and it was final," he said, as the trial of Miss Jamison began.

Peters and Thomas were both convicted of murder earlier this year, but Fiona Jamison had been unable to stand trial because of ill health.

'Ripped off'

The court heard that Wendy Woodhouse travelled to London last April to buy drugs with money given to her by Peters.

By a "cruel twist of fate" she handed over the cash to a "small-time" crook, who wrapped the parsley in foil and handed it over.

She later realised she had been duped and rang Peters explaining she had been ripped off.

Mr Temple told the court that Peters picked her up and demanded to know where the money was, believing she had cheated him.

Peters then picked up Miss Jamison, who allegedly told Miss Woodhouse to "just tell him where the money is".

Peters also collected Thomas, who brought a gun with him.

Multiple injuries

"Jamison said they should go to Epping Forest, Essex, together to deal with Miss Woodhouse," said Mr Temple.

"She said if Miss Woodhouse knew where the money was she should say, otherwise she was going to get hurt, adding 'he is not joking'," said Mr Temple.

"Jamison clearly knew what was going on," he told the jury.

A jogger found Miss Woodhouse's body early on 18 April close to the rear of Snaresbrook Crown Court.

She had multiple injuries to the head, consistent with fracturing of the skull by a heavy blunt instrument.

Although Miss Jamison remained in the car while the murder was committed, Mr Temple said she and the men acted together in a "joint enterprise to murder".

Miss Jamison, from Rugby, denies murdering Miss Woodhouse.

The trial continues.

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