Prostitute 'murdered with belt during sex'
A drug addict strangled a woman
with a belt during a sex session and then claimed she had done it
herself, a court heard.
Marcus Coates left Jennie Banner’s
body under a duvet in her bedroom with the belt tightly fastened
around her neck, wearing only a T-shirt, it was alleged.
Coates did not report the matter until
five days after her death and her body was then found at her
"The Crown say this is a case of
murder," said Christopher May, prosecuting. "The defendant,
however, claims this happened by accident.
"It was not he who tightened the belt,
though he was there and present. It is the Crown’s case this was
not an accident but an unlawful and deliberate killing."
Miss Banner, who was 32, had worked as
a prostitute, but was not interested in bondage or "auto-erotic
asphyxiation", Mr May told Maidstone Crown Court.
Coates, 43, went to her home in a
block of flats at Five Ways Court on August 14 last year.
Jennie Banner's body was
found in a flat in this block in Chatham High Street
He claimed later they took drugs
together in the living room and she then asked him to put the belt
around her neck during sexual activity and she then pulled it
Coates said he performed sex acts on
her and he was unable to release the belt.
"According to him it was a tragic
accident - an explanation the Crown entirely rejects," said Mr
"Once he realised she had died, what
did he do? He moved her body from the living room to the bedroom,
where he put her on her bed and put a duvet over her body, which
was naked from the chest down, leaving her wearing only a T-shirt
pushed up over her breasts.
Jennie Banner's funeral
was very well attended
"He left her with the belt securely
fastened around her neck."
The prosecutor told the jury of six
men and six women that Coates had on his mobile phone a photo of
his ex-wife Marina Raghunath wearing a dog collar around her
She will give evidence, he said, that
it was something Coates enjoyed doing in their marriage to restrict
her airway for erotic reasons.
Coates, of Ernest Road, Chatham,
denies murder and manslaughter.
The trial continues.
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