MANSLAUGHTER TRIAL LATEST: Harry Scott chooses not to give evidence during trial

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A Louth man accused of the manslaughter of a friend has chosen not to give evidence during his trial.

Harry Scott is on trial at Lincoln Crown Court and denies unlawfully killing Louth man Richard Woods.

During his police interviews Scott, 23, described how he tried to help Mr Woods after he found him hanging through the steps of his loft ladder.

But the jury of five women and seven men were told Scott would not be going in to the witness box to give evidence during the trial.

Scott is alleged to have trapped Mr Woods in the loft of his home in Spring Terrace, Louth. The prosecution say that Mr Woods, 32, tried to climb out but became wedged between two steps of the loft ladder and was asphyxiated.

It is alleged Scott repeatedly struck Mr Woods with a length of wood while he was trapped rather than making any effort to help him.

The jury have heard a series of police interviews with Scott. During the questioning he told officers: “When I went upstairs the ladder was up and I see his body.”

Scott said he could not remember securing a rope from the ladder to a stair post which lifted the ladder and prevented Mr Woods from climbing out of the loft.

The 23-year-old said that when he saw Mr Woods hanging from the ladder he used a cigarette lighter to burn through the rope and release the ladder.

Scott said “Everything was a bit of a blur. I kept burning my fingers with the lighter.

“I’m still in shock now to be honest. It was the biggest shock of my life to see one of my mates like that. I’ve never witnessed anything like that in my life.

“I was running up and down the stairs. I was tripping over everything. I was running around looking for his house phone. I was panicking.

“The main thing I was trying to do was to help him. I could see he needed help. When someone needs help you just try and help as fast as you can.”

Scott, of Ramsgate, Louth, denies a charge of manslaughter as a result of the incident on 12 January last year.

The jury are expected to retire later this week after hearing closing speeches from the prosecution and defence barristers.

The trial continues.