The jury in the trial of a man who denies murdering a Kendal woman has retired to consider its verdict.
61 year old Terrence Armer denies murdering 35 year old Stacey Mackie by setting her on fire at her flat in Kendal in January.
A man accused of killing a Kendal woman by setting her on fire has told a jury he had done nothing to cause the blaze that killed her.
Giving evidence at Carlisle Crown Court 61-year-old Terrence Armer said he had gone round to Stacey Mackie's flat in Kendal to find out why she had ended their friendship.
He said he went to her toilet for a few minutes and came out to find smoke and flames coming from the living room, where he had last seen her.
Armer, of Buttery Well Road, Kendal, denies murdering 35-yearold Stacey Mackie at her flat in the sheltered accommodation in which she lived at Crag View, Kendal, in January. The prosecution claims she died after he doused her in white spirit and set her alight.
Before she died in hospital, she told police her attacker was Terrence Armer. But he told the jury today that any traces of white spirit on his clothes must have been left from when he cleaned some paint brushes after painting his bathroom earlier in the day. The trial continues.
A murder trial has heard how a man accused of killing a woman in Kendal had fallen out with her a few days before the fire in which she died.
Taxi driver Steven Whitehouse told the jury at Carlisle Crown Court a week or so before the fire 61-year-old Terrence Armer had told him he was "angry and upset" with Stacey Mackie - whom he regarded as his girlfriend - after she complained to the police about some text messages he had sent her.
Mr Whitehouse said Armer was "just ranting" and calling Ms Mackie offensive names. He said he did not think it was "anything serious" and put it down as the sort of relationship problem he heard about every day from passengers in his taxi.
Ms Mackie, 35, died after suffering 90% burns after allegedly being doused in white spirit and set on fire by Armer in her flat in sheltered accommodation in Crag View, Kendal, in January. Before she died in hospital, she told police her attacker was Terrence Armer.
Mr Armer, 61, of Buttery Well Road,Kendal, denies murder.
A man accused of killing a Kendal woman by setting her on fire fell out with her several days before she died, a court has been told. Carlisle Crown Court heard that 61-year-old Terrence Armer considered Stacey Mackie to be his girlfriend, although she looked upon him just as a friend.
Support staff at the Crag View sheltered accommodation in Kendal, in which Ms Mackie lived, said they were aware she and Armer fell out after last Christmas and that she had called the police after he then sent her texts and left messages on her answer phone.
Ms Mackie, 35, died after suffering "unsurvivable" burns in the incident at her flat in January.
Before she died in hospital, she told police her attacker was Terrence Armer. Armer, of Buttery Well Road, Kendal, denies murder..
Carlisle Crown Court has been hearing how two police officers needed treatment for the affects of smoke inhalation after desperately trying to get into a burning flat in Kendal.
Stacey Mackie, 35, suffered 95 per cent burns in the incident in her flat on Crag View, Kendal, just after midnight on Friday, January 27 - allegedly after being doused her in white spirit and set alight. She was conscious for several hours telling police it was Terrence Armer, 61, who had done it.
On the second day of the trial the jury has heard statements from PCs David Colven and Christopher Chapman who both tried to get into Ms Mackie's flat after going there to investigate reports that a man was inside with an axe.
They described how they smashed down the locked door with a ram known as an 'enforcer', but were then met by such a thick wall of fire and acrid smoke that they could get no more than a few feet inside before having to turn back.
Soon afterwards Ms Mackie emerged, walking out of the flat clearly badly burned. Armer was later found at the flat's window, struggling for breath.Armer, of Buttery Well Road, Kendal, has pleaded not guilty to murder.
The trial has begun of a Kendal man accused of burning a woman to death in the town.
Terrence Armer is accused of murdering Stacey Mackie by pouring white spirit over her and setting her alight, at Cragg View Secure Housing for Vulnerable Adults.
Kim Inglis was in court for us and sent this full report
The trial of a man who is accused of killing a woman by dousing her in petrol and setting her alight is underway at Carlisle crown court.
61 year old Terrence Armer is accused of murdering 35-year-old Stacey Mackie in January at the Crag View secure housing block for vulnerable adults in Kendal.