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Paula Poolton car boot murder jury visits scene

Paula Poolton
Mrs Poolton and Mr Kearney were stewards at Southampton Football Club

The jury in the trial of a Hampshire man accused of murdering his married lover have visited the road where her body was found in the boot of her car.

Paula Poolton, 40, of Titchfield in Fareham, was found stabbed near Swanwick railway station on 28 October 2008, 11 days after she went missing.

Roger Kearney, 57, of Sarisbury Green near Southampton, denies murder.

The Winchester Crown Court jury were taken by coach to Duncan Road where Mrs Poolton's Peugeot was found.

They were also taken to several other locations of significance to the investigation, including Swanwick Marina, the Royal Mail Depot in Eastleigh and Locks Heath Working Men's Club.

'Fabricated alibi'

Mrs Poolton and Mr Kearney were having an affair during the summer of 2008, jurors have been told.

Last week the court heard that Mr Kearney killed her on 17 October 2008 when she started putting pressure on him to leave his partner.

He then fabricated an alibi to cover his tracks, the prosecution said.

Nicholas Haggan QC, prosecuting, said there was no forensic evidence to link Mr Kearney, or anybody else, to the murder and nobody saw the accused kill Mrs Poolton.

However a lengthy investigation had uncovered many pieces of evidence which showed he did carry out the murder, he said.

The court heard that Royal Mail driver Mr Kearney lied about his whereabouts during a crucial hour after Mrs Poolton's car was last seen on CCTV.

He also referred to his lover in the past tense on several occasions when questioned about her disappearance.

Mr Kearney worked with Mrs Poolton at Southampton Football Club where they were stewards.

The trial continues.


The jury was shown the spot Mrs Poolton was found and Mr Kearney's workplace

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