Friday, September 1, 2017

Uncle Who Was Sleeping With Niece, Murders Her

An uncle who was having sex with his own niece killed her by smashing a television over her head.

Christopher Wall has been convicted of battering Hayley Wall - who was his niece as well as his partner - and was due to be sentenced on Friday.

Miss Wall died in hospital in December last year, nine days after she was found wandering around outside a supermarket with serious head injuries.

Before the 25-year-old slipped out of consciousness she was able to tell emergency crews her name and address. She also told one of the paramedics who attended to her: "My partner smashed a TV over the top of my head."

When police visited her home they found signs of a disturbance on the second floor including a door on the landing that was knocked off its frame with two long dark hairs embedded in a crack halfway up the door with a number of blood spots.

Officers also found a large flat-screen TV at the bottom of the stairs leading to the second floor that appeared to be damaged while blood-stained clothing, blood smears and blood staining was found in the en-suite bathroom.

The 58-year-old was asleep in the bed with what appeared to be stab or puncture wounds in his back as well as a cut to his hand.

An ambulance was called and he was treated for his injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and, after being treated in hospital, was taken into custody.

Hayley sadly died as a result of her injuries in hospital in the early hours of Thursday December 22, 2016.

A lodger who lived with the pair told police that on the evening of Tuesday December 13 last year he heard them return home some time after 7.50pm and they both appeared to have been drinking.

When interviewed, Wall provided a prepared statement, claiming he was attacked by the woman with a pair of scissors and he had used reasonable force to defend himself.

He made no comment in two other interviews and refused to answer questions in relation to his relationship with his niece.

Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team, said: "Christopher Wall's violent actions on that night have resulted in the tragic loss of a young woman's life.

"I hope the jury's verdict will bring some sense of comfort to Hayley's family."

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