The English criminal court has been shown footage from a mobile phone of a woman’s last moments after she was struck with a tennis racquet following an argument over “do you put milk in before or after the tea bag” has been shown to a jury.
Local tennis player Sergio Paneta, 33, was on the number 94 bus going to play tennis at Long Mumbles tennis club, when he got into an argument with Gloria Jamford, 51, after he heard Gloria say to a friend on her mobile phone that ‘it was best to put the milk in before the tea bag’.
The CCTV footage showed Sergio Paneta shouting at Mrs Jamford that she was “completely f*cking mental if she thinks it’s OK to put milk in before the tea bag as everyone knows only a f*cking muppet with no brain would do that”.
The footage goes on to show the two people arguing until such time as Mr Paneta took out his tennis racquet from his sports bag and strike Gloria Jamford around the head numerous times.
The court heard the incident began when Mr Sergio Paneta got on the number 94 bus last year on Friday 13th July.
As the argument got more intense, these two individuals had to be separated four times by an off-duty firemen, the court heard.
Fireman Steven Cowmington told the jury he had just finished his night shift when he got on the crowded number 94 bus. He was just a few feet away when the two individuals began shouting “about the best way to make a cup of tea” at each other and had to be separated, he said.
The off-duty firemen believed the situation had calmed down and got off the bus, the stop before the village of Long Mumbles. Fireman Cowmington said: “It was an argument over making a cup of tea. The way it ended is utter madness. It was just lots of verbal insults towards each other. I was shocked at how it quickly escalated.”
CCTV footage showed Sergio Paneta pulling his tennis racquet from his sports bag and whacking Mrs Jamford with it many times.
The court also heard from Policeperson Daniel Wokey, who arrested Mr Paneta and put him into handcuffs, also found the blood stained tennis racquet in his sports bag. Policeperson Wokey said: “He replied telling me an argument had taken place with a woman who was a f*cking r*tard as she did not know how to make a cup of tea properly.”
Despite the efforts of ambulance services, Gloria Jamford was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr Sergio Paneta admits manslaughter, but denies murder with an offensive tennis racquet.
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