Brid woman on trial for murder

A FORMER Bridlington woman is standing trial in London accused of murder.

Corrina Lowe, 28, who is understood to have gone to school in Bridlington, is being tried at the Old Bailey, along with two others, for the murder of Anthony Bates, who was tortured.

All three defendants deny the charge.

Miss Lowe moved to Driffield where she has family to avoid the embarrassment of sleeping rough in her home town.

She was at one time sleeping rough in a derelict building on the outskirts of Driffield town centre.

At that time she and her partner had moved to the town from London in the hope of finding somewhere safe and warm to live.

At the beginning of the trial at the Old Bailey, the jury heard Mr Bates was tortured to death after finding out his girlfriend’s ex-partner was out to kill him.

He was beaten, burnt with a poker and boiling sugar and cut with a knife.

“This man had been subjected to a repeated and persistent brutal torture,” said Brian Altman QC, prosecuting.

“He was tortured to death.”

Mr Bates had suffered multiple injuries when he was found in the kitchen of a flat in Fentiman Road, Vauxhall, South London, in February.

Mr Altman told the jury they would hear details of the injuries, which included multiple blunt force impact caused by punching, kicking and stamping, as well as objects used to beat him and resulting in broken bones and brain damage.

He suffered burn injuries from a poker heated on a fire in the living room and had been scalded by heated-up sugary liquid.

There were cutting wounds on his neck caused by a knife.

Mr Altman said: “This was a gruesome killing.”

Mr Bates had started a relationship with a woman a few months before his death, but learnt later that her previous boyfriend Gary Speight was angered by their affair.

He returned to his father’s home in Stoke-on-Trent for a few days, saying he had to leave London because people were after him, the court heard.

Mr Altman said Mr Bates told his sister that the man had been released from prison “and was threatening to kill him.”

Speight, 31, of Vauxhall Bridge Road, Pimlico, Central London, Dean Swift, 44, and Corrina Lowe, who both gave their address as no fixed abode, deny murder.

Mr Altman said all three were alcoholics and were allegedly all in the flat when Mr Bates was killed. The trial contnues.