Jury out over family killings
A jury has retired to consider verdicts in the trial of a man accused of murdering his ex-partner with a hammer, screwdriver and machete and slitting his baby daughter's throat.
Roland McKoy allegedly killed 22-month-old Real Jahzara and 45-year-old Valerie Forde on the day she had set for him to leave the family home in Hackney, north London, on March 31.
Afterwards, he drank bleach and left a blood-soaked note on Mrs Forde's face blaming her for what happened, the Old Bailey heard.
The court was told that Mrs Forde's older daughter Carrise witnessed the screams of her mother and half-sister over an open phone line and alerted police.
The prosecution said the killings came after McKoy made a series of threats against his family which were reported to police a month before.
But the 54-year-old handyman denies two counts of murder. He told jurors he had nothing to do with the death of the daughter he doted on and that he hit Mrs Forde with a hammer in self-defence.
He said Mrs Forde, a community project manager, killed Jahzara herself and then attacked him while in a trance in the bathroom of the three-bedroom terraced house.
However, prosecutor Ed Brown QC said the evidence does not fit his version of events and suggests he killed Mrs Forde first and then the baby in a fit of "anger and resentment".