Michael Kerr death: Two women jailed for DJ murder

Alicia Davis and Charlotte Coulson
Image caption Alicia Davis (left) and Charlotte Coulson (right) were given life sentences

Two women who murdered an aspiring DJ with learning difficulties by slashing his throat and stabbing him have been given life sentences.

Charlotte Coulson and Alicia Davis, both 22, were convicted at the Old Bailey of the murder of Michael Kerr.

The body of Mr Kerr, 30, who had a reading age of about nine or 10, was found on 10 April in Satmar Lane, Capel-le-Ferne, near Folkestone.

Coulson and Davis denied the charges, claiming he had tried to rape them.

The court was told the pair stabbed the aspiring DJ 11 times in a premeditated attack before they "concocted a vicious story about Michael Kerr in order to exonerate themselves".

During the trial, the jury heard both defendants were heavy drinkers and, on the day before his death, Davis had sex with Mr Kerr for money so she could buy more alcohol.

She said later there was a heated text and message exchange between the two women and Mr Kerr, and in the early hours of the following day they stabbed him to death during a car journey.

'Text message plan'

Det Ch Insp Paul Fotheringham said: "This was a violent and vicious attack in which Michael didn't stand a chance.

"He was used to giving his friends a lift to places - he was a nice person and loved driving his car. But what he didn't know that night was Coulson and Davis were luring him to his death.

Image caption The body of Michael Kerr was discovered near his car in the village of Capel-le-Ferne in April

"Text messages show they were planning their sustained attack right up until they arrived in Satmar Lane."

He added: "Michael sustained fatal injuries that night. He was left to die on his own in a country lane as Davis and Coulson fled the scene, discarding his mobile phone and secreting the weapon as they made their way home to eventually destroy their clothes.

"I'm pleased the jury reached this decision and I hope it brings some closure to Michael's family and friends after what has been a very difficult time for them."

Coulson, of Clarendon Road, Dover will serve a minimum of 20 years in prison, and Davis, of Milner Crescent, Aylesham will be spend at least 25 years behind bars, the judge ruled.

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