Drugs, vice and violence: Witnesses describe last year of Darnley Road murder victim

THE LAST years of Darnley Road murder victim Daniel “Dave” Thomas were described in court by a number of witnesses as one dominated by drugs and an attraction to young girls.

Priscilla Scamp, 18, is accused of murdering Daniel Thomas in his flat at 38a Darnley Road, Grays near to April 13th last year.

The jury at Chelmsford Crown Court heard that during 2009, Daniel Thomas lived at the homeless hostel in Charles Street, Grays.

Fellow resident, mother-of-three Nicole Saunders told the jury that she felt Mr Thomas was sometimes “creepy” and “perverted”.

She said: “He would shout out rude things at young girls in Grays high street. He would make comments to me when I was wearing summer clothes.

“On both occasions I told him that I thought that was inappropriate.”

Prosecuting counsel asked Ms Saunders about the relationship between fellow resident Scamp and Mr Thomas.

She said: “I once saw her go into Mr Thomas’ room in a very short nightie.

“Daniel told me that he was paying £30 a time for sex with Priscilla.”

Ruth Lee told the jury that Thomas’ room was the place to “hang out, use the Playstation and smoke weed.”

Lee, who described her relationship with Thomas as like that of a “father and daughter” told the jury that she visited the flat on many occasions between October 2009 and April 2010.

She said: “Many people came to the flat to buy drugs or stay and smoke. Other acted as runners.”

Ms Lee told the court that two people, Jack Murrell Andrews and Toni Edwards moved into the flat as lodgers but after a short while moved out after a violent row with Mr Thomas.

Giving evidence, Mr Andrews described the argument.

He said: “I always thought that Daniel was mentally unstable…..He believed that someone had stolen his cannabis resin. He threatened us with a hammer and screwdriver. We soon moved out after that.

Prosecuting counsel, Mr Holbourn asked Mr Murrell to describe the relationship between Mr Thomas and Priscilla Scamp.

He said: “He paid for sex with her. He told me there was a price list. I didn’t believe him so he rang her up, put it on loudspeaker and I heard her saying: £15 for oral and £30 for full sex.”

Scamp denies the charges.

The trial continues.

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