Simmonds crushed to demise due to home abuse report, courtroom informed

Samuel Hemuera Pou on trial for the murder of Bridget Simmonds.

2021-06-11 11:55:13

Warning: This story discusses graphic particulars of home violence.

A Northland lady was crushed to demise as a result of she reported home violence to police, a witness says.

Samuel Hemuera Pou on trial for the murder of Bridget Simmonds.

Samuel Hemuera Pou on trial for the homicide of Bridget Simmonds.
Photograph: RNZ / Sam Olley

Samuel Hemuera Pou denies murdering his former girlfriend Bridget Simmonds.

He’s on trial within the Excessive Court docket at Whangārei.

At this time Pou’s former housemate, David Erihe gave proof.

Erihe stated Pou informed him throughout a consuming session across the time Simmonds went lacking he had “wasted her” and “knocked her off” then burned her physique.

Pou stated he did it “as a result of she was taking him to courtroom for assault” and he was “blasé” when informed handy himself in, Erihe recalled.

“I needed to cease him as a result of another person was coming spherical and I needed him to be there.”

This third particular person additionally heard the confessions, however Erihe wouldn’t identify them in courtroom in the present day, regardless of strain from Pou’s defence counsel Arthur Fairley.

The 2 males lived collectively quickly after the consuming session and Erihe stated Pou spoke about Simmonds’ demise, “on a regular basis”.

“However he did not do something, nicely, he did not give himself up.”

Bridget Simmonds.

Bridget Simmonds
Photograph: Equipped

Erihe is one in all at the very least 40 witnesses anticipated to be known as within the case over the three-week trial.

The Crown alleges that Pou punched Simmonds and hit her with a tree department for as much as 90 minutes, then buried her physique.

After intensive dive squad and floor searches Simmonds’ stays have been present in a shallow grave 15 months after she is believed to have died.

Pou’s nephew Te Koha Samuel Pou can also be on trial. The Crown alleges he was an adjunct who helped his uncle keep away from arrest, and dishonestly used Simmonds’ financial institution card to take her cash after she died.

The place to get assist:

Girls’s Refuge: (0800 733 843)

It is Not OK (0800 456 450)

Shine: 0508 744 633

Sufferer Help: 0800 650 654

HELP Name 24/7 (Auckland): 09 623 1700, (Wellington): be 04 801 6655 – 0

The Nationwide Community of Household Violence Companies NZ has data on specialist household violence businesses.

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