LiveAS IT HAPPENED - Stephan Hollow murder trial day one

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  • First day of trial of William Smith, 28, of Pershore Road, Popley
  • Smith accused of murder of Stephan Hollow, 53, on August 19 last year
  • He is also accused of the wounding with intent of Mr Hollow's son Tyler


That's the end of today's proceedings. The jury are told to return for 10.30am tomorrow. 


Jury now hearing from two police officers who were called to Blackdown Close on the morning of Monday, August 19 last year. They describe the efforts to save Stephan Hollow's life.


Mr Mousley tells the jury they will be sure of Smith's guilt when they have heard all the evidence.

He adds: "His actions were deliberate, intended to cause serious injury and his behaviour before, during and after the incident demonstrate that there was no justification for him repeatedly stabbing Stephan Hollow and wounding Tyler Hollow. Had there been any justification he could have said so at the time. He did not."


A police dog tracked Smith's scent to cornfields behind the house in Dorset Crescent, but then lost the scent, the court hears. Smith then arrives at the door of a couple in North Waltham at 9am, and asked them to call the police.


He says he first went to his brother's house in Berwyn Close, Buckskin, where his brother's partner, Melanie Smithson, heard him saying that he had stabbed someone.

Smith then went to his mother's house, in Dorset Crescent. His mother, Joyce Smith, called the police at around 5.30am, saying they needed to find his son. Officers later found diluted blood stains on the wall above the bath in that house, Mr Mousley says.


The jury have a very short break.

Mr Mousely starts to talk about where Mr Smith went after the incident in Blackdown Close.


William Smith's bloodied iPhone4 is found by forensic officers examining the scene, the court hears.


Megan Hards, Stephan Hollow's partner Sadie Maggs and a neighbour who heard the argument tried to resuscitate Mr Hollow, the court hears.

When police officers arrive, having been alerted by ambulance staff, they see Mr Hollow in a pool of blood that is running down the street. A consultant from the accident and emergency department at Basingstoke hospital, Howard Simpson, was called and opened up Mr Hollow's chest where he lay in a bid to restart his heart.

Mr Mousley says Mr Hollow was taken to Basingstoke hospital but could not be revived.


At about 5am, the court is told, William Smith argued with Megan Hards and Tyler Hollow in the back garden of the house in Buckskin, during which he cut Tyler Hollow in the face with a kitchen knife.

Woken by the noise, Stephan Hollow tries to get William Smith to leave, grabbing him and pushing him out into the garden. It was then, Mr Mousley says, that Mr Hollow received stab wounds to his chest and abdomen before Smith ran off.


Mr Mousley says in the days before the death of Stephan Hollow, Smith's behaviour became increasingly erratic, saying he wanted to get back together with Megan Hards.

In the early hours of Monday, August 19, he went to Stephan Hollow's house in Blackdown Close, Buckskin, where both Tyler Hollow and Megan Hards were staying.


Mr Mousley then moves to the background of the case, and the jury look at a map of Buckskin and a diagram listing people, including Smith, Stephan Hollow and Tyler Hollow.

The court hears that Smith had been in a relationship with a woman called Megan Hards since 2007, but by the summer of 2013, they had split up.

That summer, Mr Mousley says, Megan Hards had started a relationship with Tyler Hollow.


Five hours later, Mr Mousley says, Smith called the police five hours later, having turned up in a village. He admitted the killing having been arrested by police officers.


Smith was seen to leave the scene. He discarded the murder weapon, the court is told, before washing and changing his clothes and headed out into the countryside.


He says in the early hours of August 19 last year, Smith went to Stephan Hollow's house, in Blackdown Close, Buckskin. There he saw his estranged partner with her new boyfriend Tyler Hollow. When Stephan Hollow tried to get Smith to leave, Smith stabbed him about five times.


Smith, 28, of Pershore Road, Popley, Basingstoke is accused of the murder of Stephan Hollow on August 19 last year. He is also accused of the wounding with intent of Mr Hollow's son Tyler on the same day.

The jury of six men and six women were sworn in earlier this morning and William Mousley, prosecuting, is expected to open the prosecution case shortly.


Hello and welcome to live coverage of the trial of William Smith, in court two at Winchester Crown Court.

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