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Bei Carter murder trial: John Heald 'devious and dishonest'

John Heald Image copyright Humberside Police
Image caption John Heald denies murdering Bei Carter

A man charged with the murder of a guest house landlady has been described in court as being "devious and dishonest".

John Heald, 53, of Foljambe Road, Rotherham, is accused of murdering 49-year-old Bei Carter at Morayland Hotel, in Bridlington, on 18 July.

Mr Heald denies murder but accepts he was responsible for Mrs Carter's death.

Prosecuting barrister Graham Reeds QC told Hull Crown Court Mr Heald had told lies "time and time again".

In his closing speech, Mr Reeds said: "At the time of the killing these were the only two people there present to witness what the defendant did, said and how he acted.

'Very serious harm'

"One of them, Mrs Carter, is dead and the other has told us so many lies that his account is good for nothing."

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Image caption Bei Carter and her husband ran the Morayland Guest House in Bridlington

Referring to the attack, Mr Reeds said: "All of this is about as far away from being an accident as it could possibly be.

"With regard to the evidence we point to the obvious. With regard to the defendant's account, time and time again he's come out telling lies."

He told the court Mr Heald had "the intention, at the very least, to cause her very serious harm."

Mr Heald also denies three counts of rape, which are alleged to have taken place in Sheffield on 13 July.

The court heard Mrs Carter died from a single stab wound to the centre of her chest.

She was found dead by her husband, in one of the guest house's rooms.

Defence barrister Mr Tahir Kahn QC asked the jury to put their emotions aside and to be impartial.

He said: "A single stab wound does not suggest a psychotic lunatic running amok."

Judge Jeremy Richardson is due to begin summing up the evidence on Thursday.

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