Chesterfield pensioner murder trial: Live coverage as man stands accused of murdering and dismembering 71-year-old
We are here at the trial of 30-year-old Daniel Walsh, who is accused of murdering and dismembering 71-year-old Graham Snell at the house they were both living in last year.
It is alleged that Walsh had accessed Mr Snell’s bank accounts and stolen money, prior to the pensioner reporting the matter to police in late June 2019.
Following the murder at the Marsden Street property, Walsh cut Mr Snell’s body into 10 pieces and buried most them in a badgers’ set, the court heard.
Walsh denies murder.
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Chesterfield pensioner murder trial: Live coverage on Tuesday, December 8
Last updated: Tuesday, 08 December, 2020, 12:54
- Daniel Walsh, aged 30, is accused of murdering and dismembering 71-year-old Graham Snell at the house they were both living in last year
- Walsh denies murder
12.52pm: The case for the defence has now concluded. Tomorrow will be closing speeches and the judge's summing up. The jury is expected to begin its deliberations on Thursday.
12.33pm: Peter Joyce QC - "If Graham Snell had died naturally, there is no earthly reason for you to cut him up and hide him away."
12.15pm: Walsh said that he was going to call for an ambulance but changed his mind.
12.20pm: He has described pulling Mr Snell's body down the stairs, banging his head.
12.25pm: Walsh said he looked at himself in the mirror and could see that he looked 'coked-up'.
12.28pm: Peter Joyce QC - "There's a man in urgent need of medical help and you thought about getting him help, but you talked yourself out of it after you saw yourself in the mirror. Daniel, you can't call an ambulance looking like that."
12.30pm: Peter Joyce QC - "You moved him downstairs because it would be easier to cut him up. You were hiding Graham Snell's corpse from the light of the world and you were about to start the gruesome business of chopping him up. Why didn't you talk yourself out of that?"
12.07am: Walsh said he found Graham Snell dead in the toilet. When he touched him he fell over.
12.05pm: Peter Joyce QC - "I'll make it plain. I'm suggesting you are lying about finding him stiff and cold, because I'm suggesting that you killed him."
12.01pm: Walsh has told the court that he found Graham Snell 'stiff and cold' in the early hours of the following morning.
12.02pm: Wqlsh said that Mr Snell was still alive at 11pm.
12.03pm: Mr Joyce told the court that this description means that Mr Snell must have been dead for several hours.
11.58am: Walsh said he carried on drinking and taking cocaine. He said that at this time Graham Snell was still alive. At around about this time, neighbours heard Graham Snell shouting 'get out, get out', said Mr Joyce. He said this happened when Walsh returned to the house with more cocaine.
11.57am: Walsh made numerous attempts to contact his drug dealer to buy more cocaine during the late evening of June 16, the court has heard.
11.29am: Peter Joyce QC - "Was he livid with you? He was very, very upset with you. With you. He told the police, 'I'm having a problem with a man who comes and stays at my house uninvited. I have just found out that he's been taking money out of my account. Please can I see an officer. He had just come back being told that an officer would come to the house at 9.30am the next day. And before that officer came, he was dead."
11.25am: Peter Joyce QC - "You made many attempts to call Graham Snell when he said he was at the bank and was reporting you for fraud."