Great Yarmouth murder accused 'haunted by neighbour's death'

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An 18-year-old woman from Great Yarmouth, accused of murdering her neighbour, will "forever be haunted" by his death, a jury has heard.

Katy Bown is charged with the murder of Shane Boulton, 21, of Stanley Terrace, who died on 19 June 2011.

Norwich Crown Court heard at an earlier hearing that Miss Bown, 18, has the reading age of a five year old.

Defence barrister John Goodman told the court Miss Bown's learning disabilities put her at a "distinct disadvantage".

He told the court that rather than being a manipulative and calculating liar, she was a fragile, vulnerable, frightened young girl, with an IQ of 66.

In his closing speech Mr Goodman said there was no dispute Miss Bown killed Mr Boulton but added: "She did not intend him harm. She did not want that. It will haunt Katy Bown in her limited way, forever."

However, John Farmer, prosecuting, said Miss Bown had a past of seeking revenge, wanting to get her own back when she felt wronged.

"It is perfectly plain that this is a made-up story that she has thought through to deal with the evidence against her," he said.

The trial continues.

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