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Fall death accused not to testify

Rosimeiri Boxall
Rosimeiri Boxall fell to her death from a third-floor window

A teenager accused of causing the death of a vicar's daughter who fell from a window, will not testify at her trial.

Malcolm Bishop QC, defending Kemi Ajose, 19, told the Old Bailey she had declined to go into the witness box.

Ms Ajose and a 15-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, deny the manslaughter of Rosimeiri Boxall.

Miss Boxall, 19, whose adoptive father ran a church in Thamesmead, south-east London, died after plunging from Ms Ajose's third-floor flat in May, 2008.

The prosecution alleges she was beaten and bullied by the two girls, who were 17 and 13 at the time, and leapt to escape them.

Ms Ajose, in her police interview, and the younger girl, in her evidence in court, blamed each other.

Each said the other had told Miss Boxall to jump from the kitchen window of the flat in Blackheath, south-east London, and both denied they were there when she did it.

Judge Peter Thornton told the jury of eight women and four men he expected it would retire on Friday to consider its verdicts.

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