Man accused of murdering Barnsley gran was ‘covered in blood’ court told

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A dad accused of stabbing a 75-year-old grandma to death and leaving a carving knife embedded in her neck was ‘covered in blood’ when he arrived home, a court heard.

Liam Naylor, aged 23, is on trial at Sheffield Crown Court accused of murdering mum-of-three Doreen Walker at her home in Barnsley on April 1.

Police at the scene

Police at the scene

Jurors heard Doreen was covered in so much blood she was ‘unrecognisable’, when her body was found at her home in Birkwood Avenue, Cudworth, on April 2.

Naylor’s housemate Brooklyn Smith, told the jury Naylor had returned to their home in Junction Street, Wombwell, on the night of the killing, changed his clothes, washed the blood from his body and went for a night out.

He told his friends he’d got into a fight.

Brooklyn said: “He had blood all over him. He had a t-shirt wrapped around his hand and he wasn’t wearing anything on his top half.

“His jeans were covered in blood on the knees, down the legs...on the front and sides.”

Miss Smith said Naylor had cuts to his knuckles and one on his hand.

“He was like shook up but was being his normal self. I don’t know how to explain it. It was like he had adrenaline pumping,” she said.

She told the jury Naylor was very close friends with Doreen’s granddaughter Keeley Sweeney and they often stayed at Doreen’s home where they would play a game called ‘Mission Impossible’.

It involved them stealing money from the semi-deaf OAP’s dressing gown pockets without being caught.

Prosecutor Simon Waley also read out a series of witness statements.

In one, neighbour Ronald Goulding described the moment worried relatives and neighbours broke into Doreen’s home and discovered her body.

“She had blood all over her head, her face and in her hair,” he said.

“I couldn’t recognise her but I knew it was her.”

He said Doreen’s daughter Sharon was ‘screaming her head off’.

Doreen’s son-in-law Llewelyn Jones said in his police statement: “I could see there was a knife sticking out of her neck.

“She appeared to be in some sort of state of undress.

“I was shocked.”

Shop worker Emma Foster, wept as she recalled the last time she saw Doreen.

She said she was ‘cheerful, laughing and giggling’ when she went to collect her pension from the Premier Store on Darfield Road on April 1.

She told Emma she had fallen out with Keeley.

The trial continues.