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TRIAL: Case resumes for David Brown who 'burnt a stillborn baby's memory box'

Friday 21st February 2020

THE trial of a Shepway man accused of assaulting his estranged ex-partner and burning her stillborn baby’s memory box in a fire pit resumes today.

David (28) of Owletts Close is charged with assault by beating, criminal damage and engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour.

Prosecuting, Paul Roach told Medway Magistrates Court Mr Brown had put a blanket over the mother of his two children’s head and “put his hands around her throat and held her down”.


She suffered a swollen eye and marks on her neck, it was claimed.

Earlier that evening, it is alleged Mr Brown took the victim’s memory box and poured petrol over it and burnt it in a fire pit in the garden.

The court heard the victim “wasn’t allowed” to visit her friends, had to wear jeans and hoodies, and was only allowed to see her mother for two hours on a Saturday.

Defending Jag Takk told Medway Magistrates Court that police have “shot themselves in the foot” for not checking if the memory box was where the defendant told them to find it - on top of the wardrobe.

Mr Takk said: “He told police four times during interview that he did not burn it, and the next day told police exactly where to find it.”

Pictures were shown to the court of the remains of “something that looks like a catalogue” in the fire pit, but no “yellow cardboard” like the victim stated to have seen burning.

Mr Brown denies the charges. The trial continues.