Jurors within the trial of Constance Marten have been proven CCTV footage which seems to point out a girl, alleged to be the aristocrat, filling up a bottle with petrol.
Footage additionally exhibits the hooded lady, alleged to be the 36-year-old, shopping for drinks and sweets whereas on the petrol station on 12 January final yr, whereas residing “off grid” along with her new child daughter.
Marten, a rich aristocrat, and Mark Gordon, 49, are on trial accused of the manslaughter of their new child daughter Victoria.
It is alleged the couple travelled throughout England in taxis and lived in a tent on the South Downs in a bid to maintain the child, after 4 different youngsters had been taken into care.
They had been arrested in East Sussex on 27 February final yr and, days later, Victoria’s physique was present in a Lidl grocery store bag coated in garbage in a disused shed.
The defendants, who deny manslaughter by gross negligence between 4 January and 27 February final yr, are on trial on the Old Bailey in London.
They are additionally charged with perverting the course of justice, concealing the start of a kid, little one cruelty and inflicting or permitting the demise of a kid.
On Monday, jurors within the trial had been proven footage, exhibiting a girl, alleged to be Marten, utilizing money to purchase gadgets together with Coca-Cola, Haribo sweets, Mini Cheddars, and matches.
Footage additionally seems to point out the identical lady filling a bottle with gas from a petroleum pump.
‘Crying child woke me up’
On Monday, the courtroom heard from Seaford resident Sarah Hidden, who stated she heard a child crying in the course of the evening on two consecutive nights final January.
Days later, she was out strolling her canine on a coastal path when she thought she noticed the couple she had seen on the information.
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Mrs Hidden stated: “A couple of nights before I saw the couple, there was the sound of a baby crying. I was asleep but the crying woke me up.”
Speaking about listening to the noise for a second evening, she stated: “It was definitely a young baby crying.
“It’s a distinct sound to an older child crying, extra fixed, a bit extra high-pitched, pressing sounding.”
Mrs Hidden told jurors that she saw the couple on a coastal path sometime between last January 16 and 27, when she took her dog for a walk.
She said the woman “appeared laden down with issues”, including bags and something on her shoulder.
“My intuition was it was a small child, however I didn’t see a child. I don’t keep in mind seeing a head or legs. It was the place you’ll maintain one nevertheless it might have been one other bag,” she said.
Mrs Hidden told jurors she thought they were the missing people she had seen on the news and did a “double take”.
She also told the court she twice saw a tent in the area.
Last week, Pauline Mason advised jurors that she had seen a person with a girl carrying a dull child in a sling in Stanmer Park in Brighton on 19 February.
Mrs Mason, who had been in a mobility scooter, had described the child being very pale along with her head “wobbling”, “floppy” and “unsteady”.
On Monday, her husband of 55 years advised jurors that she had insisted on telling police in regards to the alleged sighting as a result of she had didn’t make a report in regards to the Babes within the Wood murders of two ladies in Brighton years earlier than.
Michael Mason stated his spouse had reminded him about seeing a tent throughout their outing to Stanmer Park.
The Old Bailey trial continues.