Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jenkins Tried to Get His Daughter to Agree Billie-Jo Alibi, Says Wife; FOSTER MOTHER IN TEARS AFTER SHE TELLS OLD BAILEY OF NIGHT BEFORE KILLING

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jenkins Tried to Get His Daughter to Agree Billie-Jo Alibi, Says Wife; FOSTER MOTHER IN TEARS AFTER SHE TELLS OLD BAILEY OF NIGHT BEFORE KILLING

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

THE ex-wife of Sion Jenkins told the Old Bailey today how he tried to get his daughter to agree an alibi to the killing of her stepsister as he read her a bedtime story.

Lois Jenkins, giving evidence via a video link, confirmed that after the murder she had overheard him say to the girl: "We will be all right - we were together weren't we Annie?"

Mrs Jenkins said she had frequently seen him manoeuvre Annie, then aged 12, away from the rest of the family and speak to her privately which she was concerned about as a mother.

On one occasion he took her upstairs to read her a bedtime story.

"He read her Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. He put the book away and kept going over her story," said Mrs Jenkins.

"I'm fairly sure I didn't think she should be up there and I brought her down because I didn't think it was appropriate."

Jenkins 47, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Billie-Jo with a tent peg at the family home in Hastings in February 1997. He was convicted of murder in 1998. The Court of Appeal quashed the conviction last year.

Today, mother-of-four Mrs Jenkins told the court that two of their other daughters had been puzzled by his funny mood and odd behaviour on the afternoon their foster sister was murdered.

Mrs Jenkins broke down and wept copiously as she spoke of her fear that she was breaking her children's confidence. "All the girls had moments when they opened up and whooshed out with the whole story and then clammed up again," she said. "But I can't help feeling I'm really breaching the confidence of my children."

She said Annie told her how Jenkins had tried to keep her at the front of the house while Billie-Jo painted patio doors at the rear.

She added that both Annie and her sister, Lottie, wondered why their father then drove them twice around the park on the way to buy some white spirit from a DIY store - particularly when he had bought some the day before and when he arrived at the store, he just patted his pocket as if he knew he did not have any money. …

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