The man accused of the murder of Caroline Coyne in Nottingham, 14 months ago, went on trial at Nottingham Crown Court today.
The jury heard how, on the night she died, Ms Coyne, 28, had decided to walk home from a family party in Arnold. She had been drinking heavily and CCTV footage showed how she almost stepped in front of a bus.
The court also heard how Ms Coyne, who lived in Thorneywood Mount, got into the back of a police car and asked for a lift home. Seeing that she was drunk but not in distress the officers carried out a check before telling her they were not a taxi service.
Eyewitnesses subsequently reported seeing the 28 year old walking along Porchester Road - being followed by a man. CCTV footage later showed her outside the Punchbowl pub - with a man standing nearby. The prosecution claims that on both occasions the man in question was Carl Powell.
The jury also heard that later that night a resident in Thorneywood Mount was woken by a woman's voice shouting 'get off me'.
Next morning Ms Coyne's body was found lying in an alleyway at the side of a house.
After numerous appeals for information Carl Powell was arrested and charged with Caroline Coyne's murder. He's also accused of three separate charges of false imprisonment, false imprisonment with intent to commit a sexual offence, and sexual assault - relating to another woman.
He denies all the charges. The trial continues.