Dorset

Closing speeches in 'hair in hand' murder trial

Danilo Restivo
Image caption Danilo Restivo is accused of murdering Heather Barnett and is linked to Elisa Claps' murder

Closing speeches have taken place in the trial of an Italian man accused of murdering a mother-of-two inside her Bournemouth home nine years ago.

Danilo Restivo, 39, denies murdering Heather Barnett, 48, whose body was found inside her flat in 2002.

The prosecution have linked her death to the murder of Elisa Claps, 16, who went missing in Italy in 1993. Both victims had some of their hair cut off.

Mr Restivo's defence said his "hair fetish" did not mean he was a killer.

David Jeremy QC accused the prosecution of building evidence around his client.

'Killing hallmark'

Mr Restivo, of Chatsworth Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, is alleged to have entered Ms Barnett's flat and bludgeoned her with a hammer before cutting her throat.

The prosecution said the manner in which Ms Barnett was killed could be considered Mr Restivo's "hallmark".

Both Ms Barnett and Elisa were stabbed and had some of their hair cut off.

Ms Barnett had a clump of hair in her hand when she was found dead.

Mr Restivo has admitted cutting women's hair as he liked the touch and smell of it.

He also told jurors he met Elisa at the Church of Holy Trinity in Potenza after Mass on Sunday 12 September 1993 and later saw her leave.

Her body was found in the loft of the church last year.

The judge at Winchester Crown Court is expected to start summing up the case on Tuesday.

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