Doubt was cast on work records provided by Savannah Brockhill, after videos she made of a “completely exhausted” star Hobson falling asleep in a bowl of food happened while she was claiming to work in Doncaster.
Brockhill completed his defense today [Friday] at Bradford Crown Court in the trial of the alleged murder of the 16-month-old Star.
The 28-year-old from Hawthorn Close, Keighley, and her partner – Star’s mother – Frankie Smith, 20, from Wesley Place, Keighley, both deny having killed Star on September 22, 2020 and also deny having caused or allowed her death.
During cross-examination by prosecutor Alistair MacDonald QC, he took Brockhill through videos she made of Star on June 27, 2020.
They showed Star falling asleep on a plastic chair at Brockhill’s home, eventually falling off the chair, and they also showed her falling asleep in a bowl of food.
Brockhill made another video of her yelling at Star to “get up” while nodding out on the floor.
Mr. MacDonald said Star was “completely and utterly exhausted” and asks Brockhill why she shouted at Star.
Brockhill replied, “I spoke to her and asked her to get up. I did not allow her to go to bed on the floor.”
“Why did you film it,” Mr MacDonald said.
Brockhill said, “To show everyone how she was if she didn’t get a nap.”
Sir. MacDonald replied, “You make it sound as if it was deliberate of her defying you.
“Because she did not meet your schedule, did you make sure she suffered?”
Brockhill replied, “No, I made sure she would sleep that night. If she had slept, she would not have gone to bed that night.”
The clip was taken before kl. 1 p.m., Brockhill said, with Stars bedtime at 7 p.m. 18.00.
MacDonald then pointed to her work records from that day.
He said: “These work records, they appear to show that you were at work from 1pm to 6am the next day in Doncaster.
“It covers the period you made these videos of Star falling off his chair and into his food, staggering around.
“Mobile data for your phone shows that you were also at home. Were you at home that afternoon?”
Brockhill replied, “I will not argue that.”
“If it does not match your work records, then these records are reliable,” Mr. MacDonald asks.
Brockhill replied, “Yes. I could not tell you why I did not give them.
“The police got them. They cross. ”
Sir. MacDonald said, “It says you were at home while you were supposed to be at work, how are these records related?”
Brockhill replied, “I’ll have to leave you with my team on it.”
“Why are these work records produced, they contradict cell site records,” Mr MacDonald asked one last time.
Brockhill replied, “It seems they. They show when I worked.”
Mr. MacDonald also addressed the recorded prison phone call, which Brockhill said was about her taking red diesel from the recycling facility.
He said: “You see, the reality is as far as the prison material is concerned, when you talked about your worries about your workplace, it was because you feared there would be video footage of what you did with Star in September. 13.”
Brockhill replied, “That is not correct.”
Sir. MacDonald added: “When you spoke, you were asked if you meant the incident at the pub and you said no, this is where I worked.
“You were worried that the CCTV footage of you attacking Star would be detected.”
“No, no, absolutely not,” Brockhill replied.
During the re-examination of her lawyer Kath Goddard QC, Brockhill said Smith had beaten her “six or seven times”, but she did not report it to police because she “became interested in Smith, they were just quarrels”.
She referred to the Snapchat video on Smith’s account where Brockhill called himself a “psycho” and threatened to put people in wheelchairs and break their kneecaps, and she said Smith had “asked me to tell people who posted her inappropriate messages about leaving her alone “and that in reality she would” never break anyone’s kneecaps “.
She also once again denied having injured or killed Star on September 22, 2020.
The trial continues.