Murder suspect was under the influence of cannabis when he handed himself in, court hears

PUBLISHED: 14:08 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:15 11 July 2013

Jack Wall

Jack Wall

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"NO comment" was how a murder accused answered the majority of police questions, a court heard.

Jack Wall, 22, handed himself in at Hatfield Police Station after he killed his former girlfriend Amelia Arnold in the home they used to share in Stevenage last November.

He denies murder but admits manslaughter.

Wall was under the influence of cannabis when he handed himself in, and police had to wait for the effects to wear off before they could question him.

Over the course of three interviews he did not answer questions relating to the death of the 19-year-old mother of his young child.

Wall did however answer questions on his drug habit telling officers he “has been off his face” since he was cautioned for a cannabis offence in 2012.

When asked if he had thought about harming Miss Arnold, he said: “People have thought about killing everyone, I am sorry but in an argument you will say I will do this or do that.”

When he was quizzed about neighbours hearing Miss Arnold scream “get off me” on the night of her death he claimed it was “a little game of Amelia’s”.

Defence barrister Mohammed Khamisa questioned why a mental health professional was there when he was being interviewed.

DC Vicki Laitham of Herts Police’s Major Crimes unit revealed it was a precautionary method.

The case, at Blackfriars Crown Court, continues.

For full coverage of the case, see this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times

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