Peter Smith Murder Trial: ‘It was him’, says prosecutor pointing to defendant

The suggestion that Skegby widow Hilda Owen might have been killed by Callum Adams and not Peter Smith was ‘total nonsense,’ a murder trial has been told in its final stages.

Adams has been ‘alibied out of this absolutely,’ prosecutor Peter Joyce QC said in his closing speech to the jury at Nottingham Crown Court.

Mr Joyce, describing the case against Smith as ‘overwhelming,’ turned towards him in court, pointed at him in the dock and said : ‘It was him.’

As Mr Joyce sat down the accused betrayed no emotion as he sat in the dock, dressed in a grey three-piece suit, white shirt and patterned tie, with a lever arch file at his side.

Earlier in the trial Adams, a man with tattoos on his head and neck, was called as a witness and denied battering 71-year-old Mrs Owen to death.

He is currently serving a prison term for the murder of a gay partner in Bradford in 2009.

Adams lived with Smith at his home in West Hill, Skegby, next door to Mrs Owen, for some months before leaving for London on 21st February, 2007, a week before Mrs Owen was killed.

Mr Joyce said it was known from the evidence that at the crucial time Adams was at work, then with his new lover.

The suggestion that he caught a bus all the way back to Notts then returned, covered in blood without anyone noticing, for work the next day was nonsense.

Mr Joyce said on the night Mrs Owen was killed Smith claimed he got home about 9.30pm and did not go out again.

But he later admitted he had lied about that, said Mr Joyce. Cell phone site evidence placed him near Sherwood Pines.

He had not gone to a wood looking for sex, said Mr Joyce, and he had never been able to give an explanation for why he was there.

The prosecution said Mrs Owen was by then lying at home dying. The hammer and the clothing Smith was wearing had never been found.

Paul Mann, QC, in his closing speech for the defence, said Smith was no fool.

He would have known that having got Mrs Owen signed up for a will which left everything to him, killing her within a few days would make him an obvious suspect.

It was claimed he was ‘in desperate financial difficulty’ but that was not the position.

He was servicing his debt and had a clear credit rating.

He could have moved to rented property and he had equity left in his own house.

So when it came to the alleged motive – ‘It doesn’t add up,’ Mr Mann told the jury.

The prosecution might talk of overwhelming circumstantial evidence but it counted for nothing without undisputed evidence that a fingerprint in blood, found on a doorhandle at Mrs Owen’s home, belonged to Smith.

The judge, Mrs Justice Dobbs, will sum up the case before the jury goes out, possibly on Tuesday, if not earlier.