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Murder accused found in mother's loft hours after allegedly stabbing love rival with 'severe force'

PUBLISHED: 13:52 21 January 2019 | UPDATED: 16:45 21 January 2019

Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations took place. Picture shows Bentley Drive. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations took place. Picture shows Bentley Drive. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

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A man accused of murder was found by police in his mother's loft shortly before 4am, hours after allegedly stabbing a love rival with "severe force."

Scott Tarrant. Photo courtesy of Suffolk Constabulary.Scott Tarrant. Photo courtesy of Suffolk Constabulary.

The trial into the death of Scott Tarrant has continued into its second week today (Monday, January 21), with Home Office pathologist Benjamin Swift telling jurors the 28-year-old died from multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.

Steven Butcher, of Ashfield Crescent, Lowestoft, denies murder on July 7 last year.

Mr Tarrant had been stabbed nine times in the incident ahead of his death, including a 20cm deep cut below his collarbone which damaged his aorta and caused significant internal blood loss.

Other wounds on his body include two cuts on his chest, three on his abdomen and three on his arm.

Mr Tarrant also suffered a collapsed lung and damage to his liver and kidney in the incident.

Jurors were also shown a knife recovered from a drain near to where Mr Tarrant died on Underwood Close, Lowestoft, which Dr Swift “cannot exclude” as being the murder weapon.

Dr Swift said: “The width of a wound can help give an estimate of the weapon used and I cannot exclude this knife.

“Severe force is used in stabbings where the hard parts of the body are damaged and bone is broken. Four of the wounds broke bone, so severe force was used, but there was no bone in the way of the other wounds, so at least moderate force was used there.

“There were no defensive or offensive wounds found, but he may have received one on his outer elbow by putting his arm up to block.

“Blood had been given and surgery was performed in an attempt to save his life.”

The court also heard Mr Tarrant had 245 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of blood. For context, Dr Swift highlighted the legal drink drive limit to be 80 microgrammes.

Dr Swift gave the official cause of death as being stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.

Butcher’s movements in the lead up to the incident were also examined, with DC Stephen Mitchell using mobile phone data and CCTV footage from around the town to follow him.

The 24-year-old was seen leaving Shish, on Esplanade, Lowestoft, around 9pm, before Rebecca Supple connected her phone to Butcher’s hotspot at 10.02pm.

Miss Supple had been in a relationship with Mr Tarrant before sleeping with Butcher after their split, causing the two former friends to fall out.

Jurors also watched 25 minutes of bodycam footage from firearms officer PC Jonathan Cobbold, who carried out an armed enquiry at Butcher’s mother’s house on Ashfield Crescent, where he was found in the loft at 3.55am on July 8.

The trial continues.

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