BREAKING NEWS: Court hears details of ‘very callous’ murder of Rugby woman Gemma Hayter

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GEMMA Hayter was stripped naked, beaten with blunt force, stabbed and suffocated, a court heard.

The murder trial officially began this morning (Monday) with opening statements from prosecutor Tim Reggatt.

Chantelle Booth, Daniel Newstead, Duncan Edwards, Joe Boyer and Jessica Lynas have all pleaded not guilty to murder at Warwick Crown Court in December last year to the murder of 27-year-old Gemma Hayter on August 9.

Her body was found on a disused railway line in Hillmorton. All five defendants also face an actual bodily harm charge relating to Gemma.

Mr Reggatt told the court that Gemma was stripped naked, beaten with ‘blunt force’, stabbed and suffocated.

He described Gemma as ‘very vulnerable’, adding: “It was a very callous murder of its kind.”

The court also heard that leading up to her death, Gemma was violently assaulted at the home of Booth and Newstead in Little Pennington Street, Rugby.

Extensive CCTV footage then showed the five defendants leading Gemma on a walk through town to Hillmorton Road. They were last seen outside the Total garage next to the disused railway line. They all had their faces covered with hats and scarves.

The trial continues.

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