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THE distraught sobs of Maxine Carr were played to the Soham murder trial today as she told her lover's mother: ``I don't understand why this had to happen.''

The Old Bailey jury heard a tape recording of a phone call from Carr to Ian Huntley's mother Lynda Nixon made from Holloway Prison on October 18 last year.

Carr, 26, sobbed hysterically as she told her: ``I don't understand, I don't understand why.''

Parts of the tape were virtually inaudible as Carr sobbed: ``I want to speak to him so much,I don't know what I'mgoing to do.''

The jury was told the phone calls were the only remaining piece of evidence in the prosecution case against Carr and her then boyfriend Huntley.

Richard Latham QC, prosecuting, said the conversation was taped covertly,adding: ``Those taking part were not specifically told they were being taped.''

Huntley, 29, the former caretaker at Soham Village College, denies the murder of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman but has admitted one charge of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Carr, 26, a former teaching assistant at the girls'primary school,denies the conspiracy charge and two counts of assisting an offender.

Mr Latham told the jury: ``The date of the call is the 18thof October. It is call from the prison to the land line,of Kevin and Lynda Nixon Huntley.

``The call started at 5pm and concluded at 5.25pmand what the jury is going to hear is the first nine minutes of the tape.'' Carr, sounding distressed, said: ``They have just told me that Ian was there and I couldn't speak tohim.''

Mrs Nixon said: ``You can't speak to him darling.''

Carr: ``I wanted to speak to him so much.''

At one point during the conversation Mrs Nixon tells a tearful Carr: ``The police know you have not done anything,Maxine.''

Carr, still sounding distraught, said: ``I still do not know why it's happened.''

Mrs Nixon asked her during their conversation: ``You know on the Sunday that you spoke to him,did you discuss lying?''

Carr replied: ``No,not on Sunday,on the Monday.''

Mrs Nixon asked: ``Is there anything else you know?''

Carr: ``I don't know anything else. They wanted to ask me about the case but my solicitor told me not to speak about it.

``I don't know what to think,Lynda. Something's wrong. Something happened,I don't know what.''

Mrs Nixon: ``He spoke to you on Monday,he said he discussed lying,do you know what time that was?''

Carr: ``Here on Monday it was 4.25pm, I was at my grandad's, that's when he wanted me to come home.

``He wanted me to come home,Lynda,he said to me some kids have gone missing and he told me who they were.''



HUNTLEY: Murder accused; CARR: Phone call recorded
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 28, 2003
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