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Day Two: John Coates Murder Trial
Updated 4:48pm Friday 1st March 2013 in News
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Robert Baker trial adjourns for the weekend. Resumes on Monday morning in Teesside Crown Court.
Under cross examination she says that Baker was upset when she told him about the discovery of John Coates' body.
The court breaks for five minutes after the witness says she feels sick as she watches CCTV footage of her chatting to Baker in the lift.
CCTV footage showed the pair in lift in the flats. She tells the jury Baker wrote RIP John on a Facebook message she posted after Sept 17.
Speaking to a man she called Saul (Baker) in the lifts of the flats who told her the police might want to speak to him about John's key.
A female resident, who lives in the flats, tells the jury that she saw Mr Coates a day or so before he died.
CCTV footage shows Baker and Michael Flanders chatting in the foyer of the flats on Sept 19 when Baker showed him a paper with the story on.
He said Baker said to him he might have been the last person to see him (Mr Coates) alive as he had to give him the recreation room key.
Fleet House resident Michael Flanders tells the court he knew Robert Baker from living in the flats.
Next witness PC Hodgson confirms that Baker dodn't want them in the flat and looked nervous.
PC Lambert says he couldn't smell cannabis in the flat when asked by defence barrister Mr Bethel.
He seemed nervous and didn't want us to speak to him in the flat. Baker was sweating and overly polite when being spoken to.
Next witness is PC Lambert. He carried door to door inquires in relation to Mr Coates murder and spoke to Robert Baker on September 18.
Witness maintains he spoke to the defendant about him buying bleach to clean his kitchen. Mr Bethel asked him if it was true. Yes he said.
Nunn tells court that police didn't show him pictures of defendant during interview. He accepts be can't member Baker buying portable BBQ.
Martin Bethel is asking Nunn to recall what happened on the day he sold bleach and toothbrushes to the man he picked out in police ID parade
Afternoon session of Robert Baker's murder trial gets underway with the cross examination of Tesco worker Philip Nunn.
The prosecution allege that Baker used bleach and a toothbrush to clean an X-Box stolen from Mr Coates' flat.
Shop worker Philip Nunn tells the court he sold 2 bottles of bleach, a family pack of toothbrushes and a bottle of pop to a white local man.
When asked if he still stood by the claims that Baker was sweaty, pale and not making eye contact after watching the CCTV, Mr Owen said no.
Mr Bethel asks why are you saying he looked like he'd a guilty conscience or something to hide. 'Why are you saying those poisonous things?'
Under cross examination Owens says he wasn't sure about what happened on the lift.
The witness gave a statement to the police the day after Baker's arrest and says he had heard rumours about Baker's involvement.
He added 'He couldn't look me in the eye.'
He said 'He wasn't agitated was he?' Mr Jackson replied 'No comment.'
Mr Jackson's cousin Liam Owen is now giving evidence. He said Baker looked sweaty and pale with his jacket undone and no shoes on.
Cross examining Mr Jackson, defence barrister Martin Bethel challenges the witnesses' version of events. 'You were a bit dramatic about it.'
Mr Baker got in the lift on the floor Mr Coates lived on.
CCTV from the lift shows the three men in the lift. Baker was wearing a tracksuit top without a T-shirt underneath. He also had no shoes on.
When he saw Baker who he said looked agitated. He was jittery, pale and sweaty he told the jurors.
He tells the court he saw Robert Baker in the lift after spending five minutes trying to get the lift to come his floor.
Next witness is Matthew Jackson who visited the block of flats on September 9 with his cousin to visit a friend who lives there.
The witness remembers seeing Mr Baker in the laundrette at the flats a week after the murder of John Coates. They talked about a X-Box game.
He last saw Mr Coates a couple of weeks before he was murdered when he asked him if he had seen Robert Baker as be wanted the keyfob back.
First live witness of the day, Alexander McQueen, tells the court Mr Coates kept himself to himself and only ever had brief conversations.
She did this after family raised concerns about missing goods from the flat before it became a crime scene.
Initially Mr Coates' death was not treated as suspicious after he was found dead in a full bath. It was thought to be a tragic accident.
Teesside Crown Court hears that estate manage for the flats took pictures inside the flat before cleaners went into Mr Coates' home.
The first written statements being read out to jurors are dealing with the theft of the tv and portraying Mr Coates as a friendly man.
Defence barrister Martin Bethel tells the court that Baker, 24, admits stealing a tv from the flats communal room using Mr Coates key fob.
The jurors and the defendant have entered the court following a short delay in proceedings.
The second day of Robert Baker's trial for the murder of John Coates in September. The 61-year-old was found battered to death in his flat.
Baker denies the murder of Mr Coates in the block of flats on Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough.