Sister denies brother was abused by mother

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The daughter of alleged murder victim Brenda James has said there was ‘never any suggestion’ of a sexual relationship between her mother and brother.

Defendent Neale James alleges that his mother sexually abused him when he was a teenager after his father died in 1974.

The 51-year-old is accused of planning the murder of his 78-year-old mother, who was found buried in woodland on the Goodwood Estate in March this year.

He admits killing her, but claims it was in a moment when he lost self-control in an argument on March 17 during which his mother made nasty comments about his daughter.

His sister, Nicole Moran-James, who lives in Sweden, denied the sex abuse allegations when giving evidence at Hove Trial Centre. She said: ‘I have absolutely no reason at all to think there was. When I was informed that Neale said he and my mother had a sexual relationship, I was shocked.’

The jury has heard that James lost £75,000 in betting shops on fruit machines, and had borrowed £103,000 from his mother in four years.

Mrs James, who lived at the Lakeside Holiday Park, in Vinnetrow Road, Chichester was reported missing by friends on March 22. The next day her son told police he knew where her body was. He was arrested.

On March 24, her body was found and her son, who does not have a permanent address, was charged with her murder, which he denies.