Paul Retallick murder trial: Ex-girlfriend called police three times
Police received five phone calls alerting them to an incident in Langport on the night Paul Retallick died.
Jurors at Bristol Crown Court were told the first call was from Mr Retallick’s former partner Heidi McGinty at 8.45pm on Sunday, September 16 last year.
She called a second time ten seconds later, then a third call to the emergency services was recorded from the mother-of-three at 8.49pm.
Neighbour Stephen Kiddle called the police at 8.57pm after Heidi banged on his windows and doors, screaming for help. This was followed by a call from Miss McGinty’s mother Fiona at 9pm.
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Members of the jury were played recordings of the phone calls at Bristol Crown Court on Monday.
Heidi’s second and third calls were partially inaudible, with lots of screaming and shouting heard.
Mr Kiddle was heard telling the operator: “A neighbour’s just come over banging my doors and windows, saying someone’s trying to get into her house.”
He added: “She just screamed, ‘can you call the police, someone’s attacking her house’ and ran off. I can’t see anything over there but I know there has been incidents before there.”
He said Miss McGinty was “hysterical” and said he had heard of previous incidents between her and a man he referred to has her “husband” which had involved police.
The court heard Fiona McGinty asking the operator for an ambulance for Mr Retallick. She was also heard saying “he beat my daughter” and was concerned there were children in the house at the time.
Officers arrived at Iris Way just after 9pm and were let in by Michael McGinty, the court was told.
Peter Coombe, prosecuting, said: “They went up the stairs and saw Lee McGinty. He had a rag or something similar on his hand. He said to the police, ‘you better get up here quickly, he’s in a bad way.”
He said Heidi emerged from the living room and told the officers: “Look at what that b*****d did to me this time.” Then she opened her top to reveal bruising.
The officers tried unsucessfully to find signs of life in Mr Retallick and he was pronounced dead by ambulance staff at 9.38pm.
Lee Michael McGinty and Michael Frank McGinty both deny murder.
The trial continues.