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Hammer killer ‘slept next to dead girlfriend’

A man bludgeoned his girlfriend to death with a lump hammer before spending the night sleeping next to her body in bed, a court has heard.

Alcoholic James D’Arcy is accused of killing hairdresser Hayley Dean with a hammer, causing blunt force head injuries, skull fractures, multiple cuts to her scalp and forehead, and injuries to her right hand.

Ms Dean was found in bed at her flat in Derby Road in Bournemouth on 16 September.

During a graphic account of what allegedly occurred, the court was told how her head was under the pillow, with an unlit cigarette in her lips and a lighter still in her hand.

A lump hammer was also found under the pillow of the bed in which she lay.

:: Warning: The rest of this story contains details some readers may find distressing

Ms Dean’s family say it was the hairdresser’s dream to open her own salon one day
Image Caption: Ms Dean’s family say it was the hairdresser’s dream to open her own salon one day

The next day, according to prosecutors, D’Arcy told a friend: “I have done something bad. I have killed my missus.

“I wrapped a duvet over her head before I hit her with a sledgehammer. She is dead, I have slept with her all night.

“I definitely done it, there’s blood all up the wall.”

The court heard that when the 50year-old was taken to the police by his friend he told them: “I killed my girlfriend, I smashed her head in.

“I pummeled her head into a pizza. She will never f*** with anyone again.

“I have just shoved my bird’s head in. I am not really f****** happy about it but she deserved it.”

He then allegedly asked the officers for “some hot food and drink”.

The court was told that Mr Darcy had been living with Ms Dean for about three months, with the relationship described as “turbulent”.

Kerry Maylin, prosecuting, said that on the night of 15 September, a neighbour heard Miss Dean shouting: “Get out of my flat.”

The neighbour was then said to have heard a “slow and steady deep thud” about 15 times, with intervals of 10 to 15 seconds.

Described as “a very bubbly and funny girl”, Ms Dean’s family say it was the hairdresser’s dream to open her own salon one day.

D’Arcy admits killing the 38-year-old, but denies murder, claiming his responsibility was diminished by his alcoholism.

The trial at Winchester Crown Court continues.

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