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Tuesday, 11 February, 2003, 17:05 GMT
Fibre 'match' in murder case
Joan Albert
Joan Albert captured on CCTV the day before she died
Clothing fibres discovered at the house of a pensioner were an almost perfect match with those found in the wardrobe of her alleged killer, Norwich Crown Court has heard.

Joan Albert, 79, was found stabbed to death in her hallway in Capel St Mary, Suffolk, on 16 December in 2001.

Simon Hall, 25, from Hill House Road in Ipswich, denies murder.

Graham Parkins QC, outlining the case for the prosecution, said: "The attack seems to have been sudden and can probably be described as both savage and brutal."

Black fibres

The jury was told Mrs Albert suffered at least five stab wounds inflicted with a carving knife from her kitchen.

Mr Parkins said more than 1,000 black fibres were found at her home, on her body and on a kitchen window where the intruder broke in.

The fibres were indistinguishable from others found in Mr Hall's bedroom wardrobe at his parents' home, at a flat where he later lived, and also in his two cars, he added.

Mr Parkins said Mr Hall stabbed the widow in the chest and stomach during a burglary which went wrong.

'Wealthy family'

He told the court that Mr Hall knew Mrs Albert as his mother did shopping errands for the pensioner and walked her dog.

"He was in a position to know much about Joan Albert and formed his own view as to her worth, as he told a girlfriend that Joan came from a wealthy family," Mr Parkins said.

Mr Hall told police he had returned home at about 0630 GMT on 16 December following a night out at pubs and a nightclub in Ipswich.

The trial continues.


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