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Rugby jogger describes Gemma Hayter discovery

Gemma Hayter
Image caption Five people deny murdering Gemma Hayter

A jogger has told a court how he came across a woman's body on a disused railway line in Warwickshire while out on an early morning run.

Gemma Hayter, 27, was found dead in a place known as the old station in Rugby on 9 August 2010. Police said she had suffered serious head injuries.

In a statement John Irving said he came across her body lying face down on a grass verge.

Three men and two women from Rugby deny her murder.

In his statement, Mr Irving said Ms Hayter had bare feet which had looked clean, although the path nearby was gravel and he noticed a red line around the back of her neck.

Jessica Lynas, 18, Daniel Newstead, 20, and Chantelle Franklyn Booth, 22, all of Little Pennington Street, Duncan Edwards, 19, of Ashwood Court, and Joe Samuel Boyer, 18, of no fixed abode, all deny murder.

Mr Boyer also denies a charge of assault.

The trial, at Warwick Crown Court, is expected to last up to six weeks.

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