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Boyfriend heard begging for help

Fiona Statham (on the left in the white top) was in a relationship with Simon Everitt

A woman in a love triangle heard her boyfriend "begging" for help after calling the mobile phone of one of his alleged killers, a court has heard.

Fiona Statham, 19, said she had been in a relationship with 17-year-old Simon Everitt around the time of his death.

She had previously been involved with Jonathan Clarke and Jimi-Lee Stewart.

Mr Clarke, 19, from Shropshire, and Mr Stewart, 25, and Maria Chandler, 40, both from Norfolk, deny murdering Mr Everitt.

Ms Statham said she had called the mobile phone of Mr Stewart at about midnight on 7 June last year and that was about the time Mr Everitt vanished.

She told jurors Mr Stewart answered the phone and she could hear background noises.

"I just heard Simon begging," she said. "He was like he needed help."

She said Simon was talking loudly and saying: "Jimi, help me."

She could also hear thumping sounds, jurors were told.

Broken heart

Ms Statham, of Great Yarmouth, said all three people on trial had previously threatened to harm Simon Everitt.

Asked to describe Simon's relationship with Mr Clarke, she said: "They didn't like one another. I always heard Jonathan say he wanted to knife Simon."

She said Ms Chandler had fallen out with Simon after he initially separated from Ms Statham.

"She thought Simon had broken my heart so she said if she saw him in the street, she would try to run him over," said Ms Statham.

The court heard Simon, an engineering student from Great Yarmouth, had got back together with Ms Statham shortly before he disappeared.

The case continues

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