David Guy murder accused 'has no memory' of killing

David Guy David Guy's dismembered body was found on Southsea beach

Related Stories

A man accused of murdering his friend and dismembering his body "does not know" whether he killed him, a court has heard.

Jurors at Winchester Crown Court were told David Hilder has no memory of an argument with David Guy, 30.

Mr Guy's dismembered body was found on Southsea beach in July 2012. Mr Hilder, 47, of Richmond Road, Southsea, denies murder.

He earlier told the court he travelled to Sussex after the alleged crime.

The prosecution say he killed Mr Guy between 30 June and 3 July last year, dismembered his body then disposed of the parts using his bicycle with a box on the front.

'Total amnesia'

Consultant forensic psychiatrist Dr John Sandford assessed Mr Hilder while he was in prison following his arrest.

Dr Sandford said Mr Hilder described "total amnesia" of the days surrounding the alleged crime.

The court heard his last memory was going into a pub then feeling everything was spinning and going outside.

He said he woke up some days later in a hedge in Sussex, before reporting himself to Shoreham Police Station on 5 July.

He told Dr Sandford he did not remember telling police he may have killed someone.

The court heard when Dr Sandford asked directly whether he had killed Mr Guy, Mr Hilder replied: "I don't know."

Dr Sandford told the court: "I said, 'Having seen the evidence do you think you might have done it or not?' He said, 'I probably didn't'."

Jurors heard Mr Hilder has a mild learning disability and a low IQ of 63 and had suffered from bouts of depression.

The court heard the precise circumstances surrounding Mr Guy's death are not clear.

The trial continues.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Weather

Southampton

16 °C 14 °C

Features

  • PlanesTest of nerve

    WW1 fighter pilots who navigated using a school atlas


  • Pauline Borghese What the butler saw

    Scandalous tales from the British embassy in Paris


  • A baby holds an adult's fingerSmall Data

    The time when the average age of death was zero


  • League of LegendsBattle for glory

    On the ground at the League of Legends World Championship's final


  • Vinyl record pressing in AustraliaVinyl vibe

    Getting into the groove with Australia's last record maker


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.