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Norwich murder accused had 'no abnormality of mind'

Karen Brown and Kenneth Snell - the victims
Image caption Mr Moody discovered Kenneth Snell (left) and Karen Brown (right) were in a relationship

A psychiatrist has told a jury that a Norwich man accused of a double murder was not suffering from any abnormality of mind at the time of the killings.

Karen Brown, 39, and Kenneth Snell, 65, were found dead at Mr Snell's home in Cringleford, near Norwich, in October.

John Moody denies a charge of murder, claiming diminished responsibility, at Norwich Crown Court

Dr Simon Wood, who was called by the prosecution, said Mr Moody did not have a psychiatric condition.

'Issues with anger'

He added that following his arrest, Mr Moody was able to sustain significant interviewing and had been calm and relaxed throughout.

Psychometric testing, he said, had shown Mr Moody had issues with anger.

The jury last week heard from Dr Alan Smith, a psychiatrist for the defence, who concluded Mr Moody was suffering from an abnormality of the mind and was in a depressive state.

Dr Wood said the assessment was "possible but not probable".

Mr Moody and Ms Brown, who had been in a 12-year relationship which ended in 2008, had run the sandwich shop Baguette Express near Norwich Market.

The prosecution claims Mr Moody murdered Ms Brown and her new partner, Mr Snell, after being told of their relationship earlier that day.

Two black eyes

The jury also heard from Simon Childs, who said he had known the defendant since the 1990s.

He said he had seen Ms Brown with heavy strapping to her forearm and on another occasion with broken ribs, which she claimed were both from falls.

She was also seen with a very swollen face and two black eyes, which she said was due to a wardrobe collapsing, he said.

Mr Moody's friend Robert Farmer told the court he recalled a "commotion upstairs" at the couple's Christmas party in 2006 at around that time.

Ms Brown emerged "bedraggled with abrasions to her face and lips and absolutely terrified", he told the jury.

Last week, the court heard recordings of Mr Snell's and Ms Brown's 999 calls as they were attacked at his Brettingham Avenue home.

Post-mortem examinations showed Ms Brown sustained 13 stab wounds and 31 other injuries.

Mr Snell sustained seven stab wounds and 38 other injuries.

The trial continues.

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