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Walkford murder trial: Jury told of moment friend found body of Edward Reeve

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THE friend of a Walkford man who was found stabbed to death in his home has told a jury of the moment she discovered his body.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had gone to the Heath Road home of Edward Reeve (35) with a friend after being worried she was unable to contact him.

"He was on the floor, face up, staring at the ceiling," the jury at Winchester Crown Court heard today (Friday) as the trial of two teens accused of his murder continues.

Forensics at the scene in Heath Road (picture: Andrew Matthews/PA)
Forensics at the scene in Heath Road (picture: Andrew Matthews/PA)

The pair, from Christchurch and Bournemouth and who also cannot be named, were 16 at the time. The prosecution says the boys murdered Mr Reeve, who suffered from schizophrenia, on New Year's Eve 2021 after the three had taken drugs.

The court heard that the woman had befriended Mr Reeve about 18 months earlier and occasionally visited his home to help him clean.

The jury were played a recorded interview with the witness, who had grown concerned she had been unable to contact Mr Reeve by telephone.

She said she had last seen him around five days earlier and added: "I started to get worried – he wasn't answering.

Edward Reeve
Edward Reeve

"It was a gut feeling – we need to check on him. I hoped that perhaps he had just lost his phone [but] I had an overwhelming sense that something was wrong."

After knocking at the door and getting no answer, the woman and her friend went around the back and noticed a sliding door was open.

She said: "My heart sunk. I peered in and pulled straight back.

"There was a lot of blood on his face."

The Christchurch youth has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to possessing a knife. He has admitted stabbing Mr Reeve but says it was in self-defence. The Bournemouth youth has pleaded not guilty to murder and not guilty to carrying a blade.

The trial continues.

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