Norfolk

Forensics evidence at Nicky Ward wife murder trial

Missing Emma Ward
Image caption The prosecution says forensic evidence shows Emma Ward was dismembered

A forensic expert has given evidence at the Norwich Crown Court trial of a man accused of killing and dismembering his wife at their home in Norfolk.

Nicky Ward, 29, of Manor Cottage, Rockland St Peter denies murdering 22-year-old Emma Ward last year.

Forensic expert Hazel Johnson said blood, hair and body matter that matched the DNA profile of Emma Ward had been found throughout the house.

She said there had been "significant and life-threatening blood loss".

Evidence was found of blood pooled in bedroom carpet underlay.

Traces of Mrs Ward's blood were found in the bathroom where the prosecution allege her body was dismembered.

There were also traces of Mrs Ward's bone and blood in an electric saw.

Concern for safety

The court also heard from Pc Peter Warby.

In May 2010 he had called at the home of the Wards after friends and family had become concerned for Mrs Ward's safety.

Mr Ward had repeatedly told them she was either out or unavailable.

The defendant told Pc Warby his wife had left him some weeks before.

After further questioning he said the last time he had seen her had been before she went out for the night in Norwich.

He said he believed she had returned, packed a bag and some shoes, and left.

He also spoke of a note he had found which said: "I've found a real man, you can rot in hell."

When Pc Warby asked to see the letter he was told it had been thrown away.

Mr Ward then began to cry and said his wife had a new man.

Pc Warby said he then passed the case on to detectives.

Mrs Ward's body has not been found.

The trial continues.

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