South Yorkshire plot to scare court witness

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A THUG accused of murdering a Sheffield teenager sent a letter to a key prosecution witness from behind bars to stop her giving evidence in court which read ‘snitches get stitches’, a jury heard.

Daniel Parr orchestrated a plot to intimidate Corrie Jowitt from his cell in Doncaster Prison because she was due to give evidence against him.

Windows were smashed at her home in Parson Cross and she was sent a threatening letter.

Parr, 21, was jailed for life last week after being found guilty of murdering 19-year-old Jamie Stuart from Ecclesfield.

Peter Moulson QC, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said Parr went on trial for the July 2011 murder in January 2012 but the jury failed to reach a verdict.

A retrial was ordered for May 2012 and Parr was remanded in custody.

Mr Moulson said Parr, along with Nina Lawton, 25, of Wordsworth Avenue, Parson Cross, James Faulkner, 23, of South Road, High Green and Lewis Barker, 21, of Northfield Road, Southey Green, conspired to prevent Corrie from giving evidence in the second trial after she gave ‘crucial and telling evidence’ against him.

He said: “Taking steps to interfere in the court process by intimidating witnesses, especially those who you think may give crucial and telling evidence against you is called perverting the course of justice.”

The court heard immediately after the killing Parr told Corrie he’d stabbed Mr Stuart four times and showed her the knife.

On March 18 her windows were smashed and eight days later the letter was sent. In recorded prison phone calls Parr told Newton Corrie was a ‘proper little grassing rat’.

Lawton, Faulkner and Barker, who failed to turn up, all deny conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

The trial continues.