Accused's mum reveals shock at murder charge
Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 10:18
The mother of alleged Wells murderer Stacey Hyde told a jury this week that there wasn't a "violent bone" in her daughter's body.
Diane Hyde said she could not believe that her daughter had stabbed somebody when she was told a man had been seriously injured.
The single parent, who lived with Hyde, told Bristol Crown Court she had been trying to contact her daughter on the night Vincent Francis was killed to get her to go home.
Ms Hyde said she had gone to bed but could not sleep then got a phone call in the early hours of September 4 last year to say that her daughter was in "big trouble" and to attend flats near her home in Reid Court, Charter Way, Wells.
She said police kept her away from her daughter, who she learnt had allegedly stabbed 34-year-old Vincent Francis outside his home in Welsh Court.
Hyde, 18, denies murder.
Giving evidence in her daughter's trial, Diane Hyde, told of her disbelief following the tragic events of September 4 last year.
She said she had phoned her daughter at about 7pm on September 3 and told her not to drink because she was due to enrol at Bridgwater College the following day.
She said she tried to contact her daughter many times after but her calls were not answered so she went to bed but didn't sleep.
Ms Hyde said she hadn't known where her daughter was and there was nothing she could do about it.
She said the next thing she knew she had a phone call from Pam Thompson who lives at Welsh Court.
"She said Stacey was in big trouble and to get down to the flats. She just said she had stabbed someone," Ms Hyde said.
"I didn't realise how serious it was. I said I hope she gets into trouble. It might sort her out.
"I put my clothes on and walked down to the flats. It's about a two minute walk.
"There were lots of police down there and I wasn't allowed in the flat. I was told I wasn't allowed to see Stacey.
"Because there was no one around I thought she might have hurt someone but I didn't realise how bad it was.
"I stayed there until they brought Stacey and put her in the van. I was told to walk further back so I could not speak to her."
She said a neighbour told her how serious the stabbing was.
Raymond Tully, defending, said to Ms Hyde: "Your 18-year-old girl stands accused by this court of murder. Observing her as you did as her mother, as far as observing her demeanour and reaction to events can you help us?"
Ms Hyde replied: "I just can't believe it. There's not a violent bone in her body from how she's been brought up. I still can't believe it."
Ms Hyde told how her daughter had suffered mentally last year after having a pregnancy terminated in April.
"She was terrible. She had awful thoughts. She was really, really devastated by it," said Ms Hyde. She said her daughter started to drink and she had words with her about it.
The woman said she knew her daughter was a friend of Wells hairdresser, Holly Banwell, the partner of Vincent Francis.
"I told Stacey not to go around with her because every time she did she got blindingly drunk," she added.
"I said to Holly one time, please don't let her drink so much. She just said 'it's not my problem. I'm not her mother'."
Ms Hyde said she knew her daughter had been taking anti-depressants and had been visited by a crisis team because she had had suicidal thoughts.
The trial continues.