Murder accused 'wanted to sell Jamie Dack's laptop to pay for party'

Jamie Dack's body was discovered in a bin on Empress Road in Southampton

Jamie Dack

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Eastleigh Chief Reporter

A WOMAN has told jurors how she was interested in buying a laptop from one of the men accused of murdering Jamie Dack.

Katrina Bell had heard that a computer was available for sale and asked to see it - unaware of who it belonged to.

Lee Nicholls, one of four people accused of killing Jamie, was asked to bring the equipment to Patrick House hostel in Southampton for a viewing.

But he did not show up, a court heard. A few days later, on Easter Sunday, 22-year-old Jamie's body was found in a burning bin in Empress Road.

Nicholls, as well as Andrew Dwyer-Skeats, Donna Chalk and Ryan Woodmansey all deny murder. The three men have admitted perverting the course of justice by disposing of and setting fire to Jamie’s body. Chalk denies that charge.

Katrina Bell told Winchester Crown Court that she had heard that Nicholls was looking to sell a laptop.

She said: "I had no idea where the laptop had come from. Lee said he would come up but he never arrived."

As previously reported, Nicholls, 28, did appear at the hostel on Good Friday, telling pals Jack Harris and Jasmine Phippard that he had sold the computer elsewhere for £100.

Jurors have previously been told how Jamie had been lured to a flat in Bevois Mews on Thursday afternoon and the group had hatched a plan to steal and sell his laptop for money to go to an all-night party in Bournemouth the following day.

When that failed, it is alleged, they decided to steal his cash card, with Nicholls saying he would beat Jamie’s personal identification number out of him.

On Thursday night, the court heard, Chalk, 21, and Dwyer-Skeats, 26, of Bevois Mews, Nicholls, of Southampton Street and Woodmansey, 32, of no fixed address carried out an attack on Jamie putting him inside a wardrobe, his eyes blackened and covered in his own blood.

After successfully selling the computer on Friday, the group is alleged to have returned and delivered another beating which proved fatal.

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