MURDER TRIAL LATEST: Victim had multiple injuries

Michael Moss
Michael Moss

An Ilkeston father-of-six who died after he was beaten in his home had more than 30 rib fractures and a triple fracture around his right eye when he died.

Mick Moss’ lung had been torn and punctured by his ribs in five separate places.

Two thirds of a pint of blood had filled his right chest cavity.

Jurors were reminded of his injuries as Moss’ ex-partner Collette Booth, who denies his murder, was asked about them as she gave evidence at her trial at Nottingham Crown Court today (Thursday September 26)

Detailing how Moss had been injured, Peter Joyce QC, prosecuting, told Booth: “Shall we just remember what happened to Mick Moss?

“He had a triple fracture around his right eye, the pathologist said to the jury, by forceful blunt impact. He had over 30 rib fractures. Remember that?

Booth clearly replied: “No”.

Mr Joyce told her about Moss’ lung injury and the blood in his chest cavity and asked her whether she remembered but she again said ‘no’.

Moss was found badly injured at a house where he had been staying in Canal Street on January 30.

Booth, of Mill Street, Ilkeston, is on trial with defendants Jamie Elliott, 27, of North Street, Alfreton, who the prosecution allege the name JJ also refers to, and Nathan Hall, 24, of Birchwood Lane, Somercotes. All three deny murder.

A fourth defendant – Booth’s son Alan Chapman – had the case against him discontinued last week and walked free from court.

Mr Chapman had allegedly told his mother, when he called her from prison on January 26, four days before Mick Moss was killed: “I bet you when I get out I get JJ to smash his skull in.”

When asked about this yesterday Booth insisted in her evidence it was ‘hot air’.

“So in response to him needing his skull bashing in, it’s plain there you are agreeing, isn’t it?” asked Mr Joyce.

“No,” she said.

“What else can it possibly mean?” Mr Joyce said.

“I don’t know,” she said.

Mr Joyce pressed her: “It can’t mean anything else, can it?”

“No,” she said.

“So you agree with your son that Mr Moss needed his skull bashing in?”

“No,” she replied.

Her son had also allegedly told her to keep him [Moss] sweet and when he got out [of prison] he would ring JJ up and get JJ to give him ‘the biggest good hiding he had ever had in his life’.

Booth, wearing black-rimmed glasses and her blonde hair scraped back from her face in a ponytail, was asked what those words meant and she said “Alan is all mouth”.

“What do those words - the biggest good hiding he has ever had mean?” the prosecutor asked again.

“He wouldn’t have done it,” the 47-year-old said.

“What do you mean,” Mr Joyce purged.

“I don’t know. Alan wouldn’t have done it. He’s all mouth.”

The trial continues.