A man who was ‘trusted’ to walk his female friend home after a night out instead allegedly raped and murdered her, a court has heard.
Keeley Bunker, 20, was discovered lying face-down in a park pool in Tamworth, Staffordshire, London on September 19, last year just days after her birthday.
Her lifeless body was found by her uncle, just hours after she was reported missing.
According to report, the prosecution allege Ms Bunker’s friend Wesley Streete, 20, raped and killed her, before trying to cover up her body with branches and evidence showed that she had been strangled according to court report on Monday.
The accused, Streete, who denies raping and murdering the deceased told the victim’s best friend that he would walk the victim home safely after a night out.
The prosecutor, who narrated the story said: “The pair, were reported to have gone clubbing alongside side a friend and the accused was described as ‘very drunk’ at the club.
After the clubbing, a friend had offered the deceased a bed for the night, but she refused insisting she would be walked home by streete.
On Tuesday afternoon, Ms Bunker’s family became increasingly concerned after she didn’t make it home, after what should have been a 20 minute walk through the town.
“She wasn’t answering her phone and she didn’t show up to a job interview she had later that day.
“Her father Christopher reported her missing at around 5.30pm before family, friends, and police launched a search to find Ms Bunker, said the prosecution.
“Shortly after 9pm, Ms Bunker’s uncle Jason Brown, found his niece lying face-down in the water with her ‘clothing in disarray’.
“Police identified the last person reported seeing Ms Bunker alive was Streete, added the prosecution.
He added that, during the course of that Thursday a day of mounting dread for the people who loved Keeley he, the defendant, had been telling people, Keeley’s family, her true friends and the police, that he had walked her to a telephone box near his home earlier that morning. ‘And there they had parted company.
“He even showed police the route that he said that they had taken and where they parted. It was a lie.CCTV showed it was a lie. Analysis of his telephone showed it was a lie. DNA showed it was a lie.
‘‘Because the truth, we suggest on behalf of the prosecution, was that he had taken Keeley Bunker’s life and he had sexually assaulted her.” Added the prosecutor.
Streete is also accused of two further counts of rape, three counts of sexual assault and a charge of sexual activity with a child, against three other victims, which are all alleged to have happened in previous years.
He denies all charges. The trial, which is expected to last three weeks, continues.