Man accused of Elle Edwards murder tells court he ‘took clothes to woman’s house’
3 months ago
Connor Chapman denies murdering Elle Edwards outside a pub in Wirral last Christmas Eve.
The man accused of murdering Elle Edwards outside a pub on Christmas Eve took all his clothes to a woman’s house after discovering he was wanted for the murder, he has told a court.
Connor Chapman, 23, allegedly murdered Elle Edwards, 26, by opening fire with a Skorpion sub-machine gun outside the Lighthouse in Wallasey Village, Wirral, Merseyside, just before midnight on December 24 last year.
Under cross-examination at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday, Chapman was asked where the trainers he was seen wearing the day before the murder were now.
He said: “The prosecution know what happened to my trainers.”
Chapman said he had put all his clothes in a “Christmas rucksack” and took them to the house of a woman who lives nearby.
He refused to name the woman, until he was told reporting restrictions would prevent her identity being revealed.
The defendant told the jury: “It was definitely in January. I went back to the house and got all my stuff from my house.”
He said he told the woman he had been kicked out of his house and asked her to keep hold of the bag.
“As far as I was concerned police were going to seize everything off me,” he said.
“I wasn’t prepared to let them take everything I’ve gained in the past 12 months.”
Chapman was asked why co-defendant Thomas Waring had suggested, through his barrister, that Chapman went to his house following the shooting.
He said: “I wouldn’t really know why Tom would say that.
“In my personal opinion he’s got more than enough reason to tell the prosecution what they want to hear.”
Chapman is alleged to have targeted Jake Duffy and Kieran Salkeld on the night of the murder in the culmination of a feud between groups on the Woodchurch estate and Beechwood estate, on either side of the M53 in Wirral.
He denies murdering Ms Edwards, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Chapman also denies having a Skorpion sub-machine gun with intent to endanger life and possessing ammunition with intent to endanger life.
Waring, 20, of Private Drive, Barnston, Wirral, denies possessing a prohibited weapon and assisting an offender by helping Chapman dispose of the car.