Published 13 January He said he stood on the bin to fix her fence, moved her laundry in the kitchen and used the matches phoone she asked him to light a fire for her. Teesside Crown Court heard he also denied calling sex chat-lines from her landline as she was dead or dying.
A mobile telephone belonging to Mrs Bell was found in his parents' garage. Published 12 January More on this story. Questioned about the phone, the defendant said Mrs Bell lent it to him because his needed charging.
You always saw her in the street, she would make a point to come over to talk wibdermere me. Gareth Dack denies using a cable to strangle year-old Norma Bell, whose body was found in her burning home in Westbourne Road, Hartlepool, in April. Mrs Bell and her late husband, John, had three children of their own and six long-term foster children they treated as their own.
It is also alleged Mr Dack tried to blow up the house after killing her. The trial continues.
The jury has heard his DNA was found on matches found in the kitchen and her underwear, while a footprint matching his Nike trainer was found on her wheelie bin lid. Norma Bell death: Accused 'tried to start gas explosion'. The father-of-four told the court he had grown up in the same street as her. Comic-strip-style advertisement for the U.
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