Son recalls last words of murdered mother
PUBLISHED: 17:13 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:06 25 August 2010
I REMEMBER my mother shaking me and after opening my eyes slightly she said: Andrew, David is scaring me. He is acting strange .
I REMEMBER my mother shaking me and after opening my eyes slightly she said: 'Andrew, David is scaring me. He is acting strange'.
"I remember her voice and opening my eyes slightly for the last couple of words and closing my eyes again.
"I didn't expect anything that morning so I just wanted to sleep. I wasn't really listening."
This is the harrowing conversation that Andrew Thompson, 21, recalled having with his mother Dr Victoria Anyetei, 54, moments before she was knifed to death.
The distraught student appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday and last Friday to give evidence in the murder trial of David Quartey, 22, who is accused of stabbing her 56 times in her car on Teynham Road, Dartford on August 14 last year.
His consultant paediatrician mother issued the chilling warning before setting off for work at St Thomas' Hospital, London, only to be knifed to death outside her home.
The court heard how the former Sidcup consultant had become increasingly concerned about family friend David Quartey, who was staying with them while studying at a college in London.
A couple of hours later Quartey went into Thompson's room and asked him if he wanted to 'go twos' on a cigarette. He had a bit of white fluff on his chin which the prosecution allege may have been tissue paper he used to wash off blood splattered on his face during the attack.
Thompson refused the cigarette and Quartey then went downstairs. A few moments later he began shouting.
He continued: "The next minute I heard: 'Andy! Andy!' I looked out of my window. I looked down and I saw my mother moving around. He was pushing her."
Andrew dashed downstairs and saw his mother's lifeless body slumped against the steering wheel of her silver Toyota Avensis.
"I grabbed my mother and I started shaking her. I was shouting: 'Mum! Mum!' And the first thing I noticed was a stab wound in her side.
"I was angry. I was screaming and shouting," he added.
Neighbours spoke to the 999 operator after he made the first emergency call but was too distressed to speak.
He said: "I was very angry, fuming! I went to punch a fence around the corner from my house.
"I remember there was a crowd around the car. I remember her falling and dropping out of the car."
Quartey's relationship with Dr Anyetei had become strained after he had repeatedly skipped classes and failed university law exams causing him to have to repeat a year.
The trial continues.