"She had not taken her anti-depressants on the night of the party, and asked what effect that can have, she replied: 'I just get really stressed, I shake a lot'.”
Accused ‘panicked’ after window broke
Published on Fri Jun 11 09:47:20 BST 2010
A woman accused of murdering a 23-year-old man told police she had “got a bit panicky” after a window was smashed at a New Year’s Eve party.
Susan Kenny, 34, who denies the murder of Kevin Rogers, said there had been “no sign of trouble” at the party in Edgehill Crescent, Leyland, Preston Crown Court heard.
In an interview read to the court, she told police she noticed two or three men who she did not know and was not introduced to earlier in the night who she said had left, although she could not remember at what time.
But later in the evening a front window at the house, belonging to her partner Stephen Proudfoot, was smashed.
“As we moved the curtains back there were three lads stood there and one of them had a tea towel round his wrist,” she said. The court heard Kenny had been “adamant” the three men outside the broken window were the same three she had seen earlier in the evening.
After seeing them she went straight to the toilet on the ground floor of the house.
“I went straight to the toilet. I started shaking because I thought there might be more trouble,” she said.
Asked what happened next, she said she had “just panicked” and had gone back into the kitchen and then the living room.
She told police she had gone straight to the toilet because she did not know “what else was going to happen”. She said her “upbringing” had made her fear there could be more violence.
The court heard Kenny had arrived at around 6.30pm to 7.45pm on December 31 after being dropped at a nearby Spar by her friend Steve Webster, a taxi driver.
She said she bought a bottle of Chardonnay wine and at around 5pm had taken what was believed to be cocaine, although it may have been a different drug called Bubble.
She said the drug had had no effect except to make her nose burn and she had only drunk the wine during the night. She told police she did not usually drink because of anti-depressants she takes and denied being a regular drug user.
She had not taken her anti-depressants on the night of the party, and asked what effect that can have, she replied: “I just get really stressed, I shake a lot.”
Earlier the court had heard a paramedic describe how Mr Rogers was “obviously dead” when attempts were made to revive him.
Sid Casey, a fast response paramedic, was called to Edgehill Crescent at 5.26am on January 1 to reports of a man believed to have been assaulted and was unconscious in the street.
“My immediate visual examination of the casualty was that there was no signs of life and he was deceased,” Mr Casey said. He said Mr Rogers’ eyes were open and fixed and he had blood coming from his mouth. After taking his pulse, he lifted up the back of his shirt and used a stethescope to try and locate signs of breathing.