Caroline Coyne murder trial: Police were asked for lift

Caroline Coyne
Image caption Caroline Coyne was told by police that they were not a taxi service

A woman who was allegedly stalked and murdered in Nottingham had earlier flagged down a police car to ask for a lift home, a jury has heard.

The body of Caroline Coyne, 28, from Top Valley, was discovered on a path in Thorneywood Mount on 23 July 2011.

Nottingham Crown Court heard two special constables told Ms Coyne they were not a taxi service.

Carl Powell, 24, of no fixed abode, denies murder, and an unrelated charge of sexual assault from August 2011.

The court heard Ms Coyne flagged down the marked police car and her speech was slurred as she spoke to the special constables.

Lump of concrete

She had been at a family party the night before and had been drinking heavily, the jury was told.

The two special constables made a check on the police national computer and when she walked away she was "swaying", the court heard.

She was also captured on CCTV trying to flag down a bus, and later got into a taxi and got out without paying.

The prosecution told the jury Ms Coyne was being followed by Carl Powell and CCTV evidence placed him near to where her body was found.

Ms Coyne had suffered severe head injuries, and a lump of concrete was found nearby.

She had finger marks on the left side of her neck.

The court heard she had left the party in Daybrook, ended up in the Mapperley area, and was seen by several people in the early hours.

The trial continues.

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