Preston man Steven May's niece 'heard shouts' at his home three days before his death was reported, jury told

The niece of a man allegedly murdered by his lodger has told jurors she arrived at his home to sounds of “someone being hurt”, 72 hours before the alarm was raised.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 5:00 pm

Kelly Halsall was giving evidence at the trial of Darren Taylor, 45, who denies murdering her uncle, Steven May, at the home they shared on Raven Street, Preston.

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An officer stands outside Mr May's address on Raven Street after his body was found

The defence argue he moved upstairs in recent weeks due to incontinence.

The court heard Ms Halsall, who visited once a week, had been phoned on holiday by Taylor, reporting her uncle had soiled himself.

She was asked about a visit to his home on May 17.

She said: “I went straight round the back and the back door was open so I went straight into the back. Darren ran down and started shouting he’d sh*t himself and threw him in the shower.”

She said Taylor was “irate”, that she could hear groaning from upstairs, and that Taylor told her: “Go upstairs, have a look”.

She told Taylor to tell him she would see him later, and left, as he said carers were on the way.

Defending, John Jones QC suggested she never raised hearing “someone being hurt” in her statement.