Willenhall murder suspect ‘confessed to hitting man’

Murder suspect Charlotte Frazier-Doody confessed to having done “something really bad” the day after 92-year-old Second World War veteran Bill Davis was battered to death in his Black Country home, a jury heard.

Left; Victim William Davis of Willenhall. Right: Accused – neighbour Charlotte Frazier-Doody
Left; Victim William Davis of Willenhall. Right: Accused – neighbour Charlotte Frazier-Doody

She confessed to fellow drug user Raymond Phipps and also hid clothes in the bin outside the house where her lived, it was alleged.

Mr Davis was murdered in his home in Hobley Street, Willenhall, on Sunday April 1. He had suffered multiple head injuries.

Mr Phipps, who also lives in Willenhall and claimed he used to give Frazier-Doody money to buy him heroin, told Wolverhampton Crown Court yesterday: “I heard knocking and then the bell go at around 1.30pm on April 2. When I opened the door I found she was halfway into one of my bins. I asked what the hell she was doing. She said she was trying to get something out that she had put there the previous day. I got a little angry and she started to cry. I said ‘What did you put in my bin’ and she said clothes.

“She was pale and shaking like a leaf. I went from anger to concern and invited her into my house. She said: ‘I did something really bad.’ She said she had hit someone after getting into a fight, an argument.

“As I pressed her more she said she had hit the old man. I thought she was talking about her husband or boyfriend. She told me not to tell anybody and I ordered her out of the house.”

Mr Phipps claimed Frazier-Doody took a black sack out of his bin and rode away on her moped.

He said he decided to contact the police after reading an Express & Star report of the murder of Mr Davis and “put the two items together.”

Mr Andrew Fisher QC, defending, suggested under cross examination that Phipps was her dealer and had made up this account because he believed the police were coming and needed to explain why she was at his house so often.

Mr Phipps denied being a drug dealer and insisted he was telling the truth.

Frazier-Doody aged 36, from Hobley Street, denies murder and the case continues today.

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