A WITNESS in the Sean Carrahar murder trial claimed he felt so threatened by police he hid under the bed when officers called to interview him, the court has been told.
At Chester Crown Court, defence barrister Andrew Robertson, cross-examining Detective Sergeant Ken Parkin, claimed Methadone addict Neil Volk was afraid to be interviewed a second time as part of the enquiry into the death of 61-year-old Sandbach man Peter Harris.
Mr Harris was found dead in the car park of the Iceland store in Sandbach on August 5, 2005. He had two fractures to the skull, broken ribs and bruising to the shoulders.
The prosecution allege 38-year-old Sandbach man Sean Carrahar murdered Mr Harris after he began to get too close to Carrahar's girl-friend, 22-year-old Connie Bowden, and to steal money from him to buy drugs.
Mr Harris had recently profited £50,000 from the sale of a house.
In heated exchanges between Mr Robertson and DS Parkin, the court heard how officers had been told by Volk's mother he was hiding under his bed when they arrived to interview him.
Mr Robertson said: 'You say he told you he was frightened of Carrahar, but it was clear he was more frightened of you.'
DS Parkin, pointing at Carrahar, said: 'No, he was more frightened of that man, Sean Car rahar.
'So frightened it took a number of meetings with him before he would tell the truth.'
The defence claim that during an interview with Volk, DS Parkin and fellow officer, DS Geoffrey McKenzie pressured him to state Carrahar had confessed to murdering Mr Harris.
Mr Robertson said: 'Sgt McKenzie took off his jacket and rolled up his sleeves and made him feel extremely threatened.'
DS Parkin said: 'That's absolutely ridiculous.
'He did not want to give a statement against the man he was frightened of.'
Mr Robertson said: 'You believed if you pressured him long enough he would say what you believed to be the truth?'
DS Parkin said: 'It takes time to build up a rapport. They do not want to talk to us at first because they are frightened of Carrahar and his family.'
Sean Carrahar denies murder.
The trial continues.