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Mother takes stand, denies disposing of evidence against son


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Patricia Elizabeth Samson, on trial within the High Court at Invercargill, charged with trying to defeat the course of justice.

A mum denies understanding her son had murdered his girlfriend in an Invercargill motel room in 2019.

Patricia Elizabeth Samson, 53, has pleaded not responsible to wilfully trying to defeat the course of justice by discarding doable evidence against her son, Samuel Samson.

On the fourth day of the High Court trial earlier than Justice Gerald Nation and a jury, Patricia was known as as a defence witness and was cross-examined for greater than 90 minutes.

Before giving evidence her defence lawyer David Slater reminded the jury it was not for the defence to show something.

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Samuel Moses Samson was discovered responsible of homicide after a three-week trial in High Court at Invercargill.

Patricia informed the courtroom she was on the motel at 3am to choose up Samuel and Wilson’s toddler daughter, after a name from her son, which was commonplace.

She stepped within the unit simply previous the door however no additional, she took Wilson and Samuel’s daughter to the automobile and buckled her in.

Her son put baggage into the boot of her X-Trail automobile and directed her to Fosbender Park.

On the drive her son mentioned he was going to battle a person, Patricia mentioned.

Patricia mentioned she parked at Fosbender Park and stayed within the automobile. Her son acquired gadgets out of the boot, which she didn’t see, gave her a hug, thanked her, and she or he left again to city with out him.

Later that afternoon, Patricia was stopped by police and a detective mentioned her son was needed as a result of he had critically assaulted Wilson, and she or he had died because of this.

“I just about vomited,” Patricia mentioned.

Slater requested her why she began to cry after the detective spoke to her.

“It’s not something anyone wants to hear. I had her (Wilson’s) daughter in the back of my truck,” Patricia mentioned.

The crown alleges Patricia helped take away gadgets that would tie her son to the motel unit the place Wilson’s physique was discovered, together with a knife, the room key, television distant and towels which have been discovered within the Oreti River, close to Fosbender Park.


Invercargill lady Azalia Wilson died of blunt power accidents in a motel in 2019. Samuel Moses Samson, 32 has been discovered responsible of her homicide.

During cross-examination crown prosecutor Riki Donnelly queried earlier statements from witnesses that gave evidence that Samson had informed his mom what he had finished whereas they have been within the automobile.

Donnelly: You by no means mentioned that?

Patricia: I didn’t say that as a result of that didn’t occur. Sam didn’t inform me, it’s half of the rationale I’m mad with him.

Donnelly: At no stage, do you say, he mentions what has occurred on the motel?

Patricia: No.

Donnelly: At no stage throughout that half-hour did you ask any query about, why is not Azalia right here, what’s taking place with Azalia?

Patricia: No.

Donnelly: At no stage do you discuss, asking what he’s put within the again, nothing like that?

Patricia: No.

Samuel was given a life a sentence for the homicide of Wilson.

Justice Nation is predicted to sum up the case after closing addresses on Friday.

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