Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Relative in Tears at Murder Trial Claims

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Relative in Tears at Murder Trial Claims

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter

MURDER suspect William John McFall shouted at his co-accused "Are you happy now?" as a relative of their alleged victim was ushered from court in tears while he gave his account from the witness box.

McFall was describing in detail what he alleges he saw Stephen Unwin doing to Quyen Ngoc Nguyen, when it became too much for the family member.

Prosecutors claim McFall and Unwin lured Miss Nguyen to Unwin's home and raped and murdered her last August, which both deny.

Giving evidence for the first time at Newcastle Crown Court, McFall claimed he saw Unwin attacking the 28-year-old mum, of Killingworth, North Tyneside.

Asked by his barrister, Nicholas Lumley QC, if he is guilty of murdering Miss Nguyen, convicted killer McFall said: "100% I'm not guilty of rape or murder of this poor woman."

McFall said on the evening of August 14 he came downstairs from having a wash and was aware someone was in the house with Unwin having a "business meeting".

He said he went for a cigarette outside and became aware of raised voices.

He said he asked what was going on and was told to go back outside "so I did what I was told".

McFall continued: "Moments later I heard a scuffle and went to investigate.

"He was dragging her by the hair across the room in the sitting room.

"He dragged her through the double doors and threw her on the floor in the dining room.

"He was on top of her at this stage.

He put his knee on her chest. He put one hand over [mouth]. She was trying to scream.

"He asked me to help and I said no, I was not helping."

He added: "I was told to get the **** out the back.

"He put her face down. I said, 'Steve, come on, man, this is serious man, it's not a joke'.

"He was laughing. I tried to reason with him. …

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