Lecturer removed court evidence, a court is told

Daily Echo: Rachel Kenehan. Rachel Kenehan.

A LECTURER who fell for a murder suspect she met at a young offenders’ prison hoped to have a child with him, a court heard.

Rachel Kenehan, pictured, a lecturer in sociology and psychology, had started a relationship with Pierre Lewis, 20, one of three men accused of shooting dead Jahmel Jones at a flat in St Mary’s, Southampton, on April 20 last year.

Kenehan, 35, is on trial alongside them, accused of conspiracy to supply drugs, assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice.

Jurors heard how she picked up the trio, who had been dealing hard drugs in Southampton, in her car on the day of the killing.

She let them stay in her house in London and is alleged to have cleaned evidence off Lewis’s trainers with white spirit, Winchester Crown Court heard.

Giving evidence yesterday, the lecturer admitted planning a future with Lewis and said that she dreamed of them living together in Brazil.

But she had become suspicious that he was travelling to Southampton to help deal drugs – which risked sending him back to prison.

Kenehan told the court that she became worried after Lewis told her that “a madness” had happened in Southampton, although she never pressed him on what. She said: “He never mentioned anyone being hurt or violence.”

She denied cleaning evidence off Lewis’s trainers with white spirit, claiming that she poured the liquid on his shoes after a row.

Kenehan, of Hewlett Road, London, denies conspiracy to supply class A drugs, assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice.

Lewis, of Castlenau, Barnes, is facing a charge of murdering Mr Jones jointly with Jemmikia Orlebar-Forbes, 20, of Cloudsdale Road, London, and Isaac Boateng, 22, of Mill Farm Crescent, Hounslow.

They all deny the charge but have pleaded guilty to supplying class A drugs.

Proceeding.

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