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Student accused of killing doctor awaits trial verdict

PUBLISHED: 17:26 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:10 25 August 2010

THE jury has retired in the trial of a 22-year-old student accused of the vicious murder of a doctor on her driveway.

THE jury has retired in the trial of a 22-year-old student accused of the vicious murder of a doctor on her driveway.

David Quartey, of Humber Road, Dartford, denies murdering 54-year-old Victoria Anyetei.

The former Sidcup consultant paediatrician was stabbed 56 times as she sat in her car in front of her home in Teynham Road, Dartford, on August 14, last year.

Prosecuting lawyer Anthony Haycroft alleges that Quartey, who was staying with Dr Anyetei and her 21-year-old son Andrew Thompson while studying in London, stabbed her when he 'snapped' due to pressure from failing exams.

Quartey, who denies murder, was remanded in custody as he awaits the verdict.

Speaking in the witness box he said: "I did not kill her. There isn't any link to her death to my exam results."

Over the last four weeks the jury has heard several pieces of forensic evidence the prosecution claim links Quartey to the crime. The 22-year-old's DNA was found in several places in the car - some of it mixed with Dr Anyetei's blood - and bite marks on Dr Anyetei's chin were found to match Quartey's teeth. A distinctive star-shaped wound found on Quartey's finger, which the prosecution allege was caused by Dr Anyetei as she struggled, was deemed by experts to be unlikely to have been the result of Quartey biting himself, as he claims.

Prosecuting Mr Haycroft said: "There is no evidence linking anyone else to this murder. David Quartey's DNA alone was found in the blood. It's his teeth impression that matches the bite marks on her chin. We say he is the only person to link to the killing."

On the morning of the murder, Dr Anyetei had made breakfast for the two young men and before leaving the house confided in her son that Quartey was 'scaring her'. The prosecution allege that after killing her Quartey cleaned himself up and attempted to lure Mr Thompson outside so that he would be the first to discover his mother's dead body. When this did not work he pretended to find the body himself.

As the Times went to press the jury of eight men and four women were still deliberating their verdict.

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