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Jury hears man stabbed daughter to death in car

Chantelle Sasha Jones
Chanelle Sasha Jones died from stab wounds

A man found with his teenage daughter's body in his car stabbed her because he believed she wanted to die after being raped, a murder trial has heard.

Gary Fisher, 48, from Solihull, West Midlands, denies murdering Chanelle Sasha Jones, 17, in a Cardigan car park, at Swansea Crown Court.

Prosecutors said he would claim he killed his daughter in a suicide pact.

But they said it was an attempt by him to avoid responsibility and she had made no complaint of a rape to police.

Outlining the case, the prosecution said Mr Fisher stabbed Ms Jones several times in a car park behind the Angel Hotel in Cardigan on Sunday 2 August.

The court heard the pair had been out in his car since the early hours of the morning.

After stabbing Sasha, the court heard Mr Fisher covered her body with a sleeping bag and reclined her seat.

She was shocked to see the knife and tried to get away. But she couldn't because of the seatbelt
Gary Fisher

He drove around for several hours with her body in the car before he was stopped by police.

Prosecutor Chris Clee QC said when arrested, Mr Fisher told police he killed her because she had wanted to die after suffering a sex attack, and he planned to "end her suffering" in a suicide pact.

Mr Clee said Mr Fisher told hospital staff he had killed his daughter with a hunting knife.

"He said his daughter told him she wanted to die. He said he planned it for the last two and a half months.

"He said, 'I felt she was suffering and I wanted to help her to die.'"

The court heard Mr Fisher later claimed to police that his daughter had been raped - and she 'couldn't live with the thought of that', but police said no complaint had been made to them.

Mr Clee said: "This wasn't in any way, shape or form a suicide pact. It is simply an attempt by him to avoid his responsibility for what he did."

On the day of Sasha's death, the court heard Mr Fisher told police: "I got out of the car, took the knife, went to the passenger door and opened it.

"She was shocked to see the knife and tried to get away. But she couldn't because of the seatbelt."

The court heard Mr Fisher had rowed with his daughter earlier in the summer because she wanted to be with her boyfriend instead of her father.

He had also given his 15-year-old son a hunting knife and a lock knife to look after on a visit to see his three children.

Mr Clee said Mr Fisher had rung his sister to confess to killing Sasha, and told one of her cousins what had happened.

The court was told they alerted police, who saw his car near Aberaeron in Ceredigion, but when he refused to stop they used a stinger device to halt the car.

The trial continues.

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