Case Continues With Emotional Scenes In Court
estranged husband of the accused gives his evidence
the Old Bailey trial of Rena Salmon continues, it was the turn of
Paul Salmon to give evidence against his estranged wife who stands
accused of murdering his new partner, Lorna Stewart.
As Mr Salmon spoke of the events of the tragic day, he broke down
in tears. He told the court how he received a message from Rena
Salmon that said "I have just shot Lorna. It's not a joke."
It came just minutes after he had finished chatting with Lorna about
what they would do that evening.
As soon as he heard the message, Mr Salmon told the court that he
drove straight to Chiswick whilst frantically telephoning Mrs Salmon
asking her "What have you done?" to which she replied
"I shot Lorna." A number of calls followed, throughout
which Rena Salmon, according to her husband, remained "calm
and collected". It transpired that Rena Salmon had remained
at the Equalibrium Salon on the Chiswick High Road and had made
no attempt to flee from the scene of the crime.
Floral tributes outside the shop
where the shooting occured
Paul Salmon went on to explain, during cross examination, that his
marriage had been faltering before he met Lorna Stewart. He told
how they had met when they became neighbours and, after time, their
friendship deepened into a romantic affair. In January of last year
they left their respective partners and children to set up home
The court also heard from Equalibrium’s Book-keeper, Lindsay Rees,
who witnessed the shooting. She told the Old Bailey jury how Rena
Salmon entered the basement of the building and held a "calm
and controlled" conversation with Lorna Stewart before shooting
Rees relayed the dialogue she heard in which Lorna Stewart said
"Hello, Rena, have you come to shoot me?"
Salmon replied “Yes”. Ms Rees described both women’s manner as “extremely
calm” saying that neither women moved or raised their voices at
When Lorna asked “What about the children?” Rena replied “Your children
are in Australia.”
then asked her “What about your children?” Rena said “They will
be looked after by Paul”.
was at this point the first shot was fired and Lindsay Rees fled
from the basement telling the builders to leave the building quickly.
As she fled, she heard a second shot.
Salmon has pleaded not guilty to murdering Lorna Stewart in September
last year. The case continues.
May 9, 2003
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