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Cook murder trial: opening day.

The trial of Leon Amos, who is accused of the murder of Miss Anne Cook in May last year, opened at Reading Crown Court on Monday.

THE man accused of murdering Miss Anne Cook, from Watford, in May last year set out to rape and murder a random woman, Reading Crown Court heard on Monday.

Counsel for the prosecution Mr Brian Escott-Cox QC told the jury Leon Amos, 36, of North Western Avenue, north Watford, took a knife from his girlfriend's kitchen and stabbed Miss Cook to death as she walked her dog in Munden Park, near the A41, on Tuesday, May 9.

Mr Escott-Cox said what followed was a "coolly-calculated conspiracy" with Leons two brothers, Jerry Amos, 39, of Ravenscroft, Garston, and Peter Amos, 44, of North Western Avenue, north Watford, to cover up the crime.

When questioned by police after his arrest, Leon said he found the blood-stained knife, which he picked up, the court was told. He then said he saw the body, panicked and ran off.

He said he did not report seeing the body to the police because he did not think he would be believed.

For a full, in-depth court report, see this Friday's edition of The Watford Observer.

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