LiveCatherine Wells-Burr trial: Day 7 updates from Bristol Crown Court

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  • Catherine's body found in a burnt out car near Ashill in Sep 2012.
  • Three people charged with murder on trial at Bristol Crown Court.
  • Catherine, from Chard, was ex-Richard Huish College student.
  • Reporter Michael Marsh sending live updates from court.


THIS live article is now finished. For updates from day eight, click here.



MS Caulfield has investigated the movements of Mr Nowak on the dates of August 2, 11 and 13 when an email account attributable to Ms Lagwinowicz was logged on to at Chard Library. 

The court previously heard that Ms Lagwinowicz was in Poland up until August 12.

Ms Caulfield told jurors that the account was logged on to between 12.33pm and 12.43pm on August 2 - a time Mr Nowak was not at work.

"He was on annual leave," she said. "There was activity on phone two minutes later which suggests that he was not at his home address at that time."

On August 11, the account was accessed at around 11am, the court heard.

Ms Caulfield said that Mr Nowak was also off work that day.

She added: "At 11.25am, four minutes after the end of the activity, he received a call from Catherine's mobile phone." 

Jurors heard it was unlikely Mr Nowak was with Catherine if she called him.

In relation to August 13, the court heard that Mr Nowak would have finished work by the time of the alleged computer activity took place.

It was said he clocked off at 2.06pm.

"Catherine would have been at work at that time [of the activity] because she works until 5pm," said Ms Caulfield.

Ms Caulfield then said a computer file was found named 'Ania-Rafal' and jurors heard it was possible email communication between Mr Nowak and Ms Lagwinowicz took place.

But cross examining, Andrew Langdon, defending Ms Lagwinowicz, suggested there was no evidence of this as Ms Menear could not ascertain what the file contained.



MS Menear is being cross examined by Andrew Langdon, defending Ms Lagwinowicz, who is asking her about extracts she took from Badoo.

The court heard last Friday from Ms Menear that Ms Lagwinowicz had an exchange on Badoo telling somebody she met Mr Nowak at a disco in April 2012.

Jurors were then shown extracts from the conversation on the online dating site.

Today, Mr Langdon argued that Ms Menear has chosen particular extracts from "hundreds possibly thousands" and said "sometimes the wider context helps to get a better understanding."



LINDSAY Menear, a senior intelligence analyst, has been giving evidence relating to telephone and email communications.

She says a handwritten note with email account details relating to Ms Lagwinowicz's Badoo account - which is an online dating website - was found in her kitchen bin.

It is alleged that the note is covered in fingerprints of both Ms Lagwinowicz and Mr Nowak.

The court then heard that Ms Lagwinowicz had an account with Somerset Libraries which was accessed in Chard on August 2 and August 11 - when it's agreed she was on holiday in Poland. 



THE jury has heard that Ms Lagwinowicz and Mr Nowak returned to the bank to see Ms Zylinska in November 2010.

Ms Zylinska said their behaviour was "the same" and Ms Lagwinowicz was "quiet".

Mr Nowak was removed from Ms Lagwinowicz's account, it was said.


ANNA Zylinska, who was a personal banker at the Barclays branch in Taunton, has been dealing with Mr Nowak's finances since May 2009.

She has been giving evidence since the mid-morning break.

Ms Zylinska says she first encountered Mr Nowak and Ms Lagwinowicz in May 2009 when they came in to the bank to open a joint account.

"They were happy and chatty," she said. 

Ms Zylinska said they'd go into the branch maybe once a month but in May 2010 she noticed a change in their relationship.

She said: "They came in to the bank to set up a loan for Mr Nowak. At that stage I understood Mr Nowak has some money problems back in Poland."

Ms Zylinska added: "Ms Lagwinowicz was a lot quieter than usual. She was avoiding eye contact with myself and Mr Nowak."



MR Hurst has told jurors that Mr Dmytryszyn's computer visited Catherine's profile on another pornographic dating site on May 8, 2012.

He said the user spent four minutes and six seconds on the profile.

Cross examining, Ignatius Hughes, defending Mr Dmytryszyn, said although it appeared Catherine's profile had been viewed, the "broader picture" is that during the few months either side of May, more than 240 other profiles had also been clicked on.


TWO images of Catherine were also recovered from Mr Dmytryszyn's Acer laptop, the court has heard.

Mr Hurst said the images found on computers belonging to Mr Dmytryszyn and Ms Lagwinowicz appeared to be the same as the picture used on an online dating profile claiming to be Catherine.

He said a profile of Catherine was set up on Cougar Date, an online pornographic dating website, and the profile picture matched the images found on the defendants' computers.

On Thursday, the court heard notebooks seized from Ms Lagwinowicz's address contained log in details and passwords for profiles on "salacious" websites, including Cougar Date.

The prosecution alleges the profiles were set up by Anna Lagwinowicz, in the guise of Catherine Wells-Burr and men wishing to contact her.


JURORS being shown pictures of Catherine which were found on two separate computers in Ms Lagwinowicz's home. 

Four images were found on one machine and one image on another, says Mr Hurst.


JAMES Hurst, a digital evidence recovery officer for Avon and Somerset Police, is the first witness on the stand.

He analysed computers seized from the home of Ms Lagwinowicz.

Mr Hurst says internet search history showed several searches relating to Catherine Wells-Burr during April 2012.



THE trial of three Polish nationals accused of killing a Somerset graduate continues today (April 26).

In the dock at Bristol Crown Court are Rafal Nowak, 31, of Willow Way, Chard, Anna Lagwinowicz, 32, of South Street, Taunton and Tadevsz Dmytryszyn, 38, of Holway Avenue, Taunton.

All three deny murdering Catherine Wells-Burr, 23.

This live article will include updates from day seven of the trial. For earlier updates, click here.

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