Bernadette Walker Murder Trial: Scott Walker tells jury he let Sarah take control during call to police to report Bernadette missing
The man accused of murdering missing Peterborough teenager Bernadette Walker admitted Sarah Walker lied to police during a call to police to report the 17-year-old missing - and said he let her take control during the call.
Scott Walker - known to Bernadette as ‘dad’ but not her biological father - is accused of murdering Bernadette in July last year. She has not been seen since the morning of July 18, and her body has never been found.
He says Bernadette got out of his car and walked away.
Today he has continued to give evidence to the court about what he says happened.
Lisa Wilding QC, prosecuting, went through the call made by Sarah Walker to police at about 3am on Tuesday, July 21 to report Bernadette missing with Scott Walker.
Scott Walker agreed that a number of things said by Sarah Walker during the call were not true.
When asked why he did not grab the phone off Sarah Walker and tell police that Sarah had just told a lie, he said: “Because I’ve always just let Sarah - I’ve never intervened in what Sarah was doing.”
The court, has previously heard a recording of the call that was made, and a number of times Scott Walker is heard to be saying something.
On one occasion, when Sarah Walker was asked where Bernadette had got out of the car. Last week, Scott Walker told the jury she had got out on Skaters Way in Peterborough, but in the call to police he is heard to say ‘Salters Way.’
When asked why he had Salters Way, not Skaters Way, he said ‘remembering stuff is difficult.’
He later said ‘I made a mistake of saying Salters not Skaters Way.’
He told the court he could not remember the details of the call - saying he could not remember the room the call was made in.
He also told the jury that he could not recall what Bernadette’s last words were when she got out of the car.
Ms Wilding said: “Has it not haunted you since July 18, what her last words were?”
Scott Walker said: “I’ve been going over stuff over and over again.”
The court also heard that during the 101 call, Sarah Walker told police Bernadette had her phone with her.
Scott Walker said that had been a lie, and Sarah Walker had the phone, and Sarah Walker had topped up Bernadette’s phone on the day she was last seen.
Scott Walker said: “I didn’t purchase the top up or install the top up on the phone.”
He was asked whether he was concerned about where Bernadette was at the time the call was made.
He said: “I would have thought so.”
Asked if he was concerned at the time about how she was, he replied: “Yes.”
Asked what he did about the concerns, he said: “We done the posters, but that was later.”
Ms Wilding replied: “In those crucial hours (after Bernadette was last seen), until this phone call was made, more than two days later, do you agree you did nothing to try and find her?”
Scott Walker said: “I’m sure I didn’t do nothing.”
Ms Wilding said; “You can’t remember what steps you took, is that your answer?”
Scott Walker said; “I can’t remember.”
Scott Walker (51) of Century Square, Peterborough denies murder and four counts of perverting the course of justice.
Sarah Walker (39) of Century Square, Peterborough, denies two counts of perverting the course of justice. She has pleaded guilty to two counts of perverting the course of justice.
The trial continues.