An assailant has denied killing an 86-year-old woman 20 years ago, saying her DNA could have been transferred to her bag by the real culprit.
Junior Young, 39, of Brixton, south London, is on trial at Old Bailey, charged with the manslaughter of Hilda Lockert on April 30, 2001.
Ms Lockert was allegedly assaulted in Brixton by two thieves who fled with her purse containing £ 15, a shopping bag and a bus pass.
She was rushed to hospital and died two weeks later, jurors learned.
The court heard how Young, then 18, admitted to robbing another woman days after Ms Lockert was attacked.
On May 10, 2001, the 51-year-old woman was broken into after parking her car in Angel Road, Brixton.
Jurors heard Young “rushed” out of the car window, grabbed her purse, and punched her in the face.
Young was arrested and admitted this offense.
But testifying on Monday, Young said he was not guilty of stealing or causing Ms Lockert’s death.
He told jurors: “Everything I did, I did. I have never been tried.
Young was originally arrested on June 5, 2001 following the death of Ms. Lockert and released without charge.
In cross-examination, Edward Brown QC asked why Young refused to tell police who he was with on a balcony when Ms Lockert was attacked.
The prosecutor said, “What’s the matter with telling the police who your friends were who might give you an alibi?”
“You told the officers that you had never seen Mrs. Lockert and that you weren’t there.
“It follows that these friends could have proved it, right?” “
Young replied, “If you say so. I didn’t look at him like that. I looked at him as if the police were intrusive.
“I was not worried. There was no evidence other than speculation that it was me.
“At the time, it was speculation that I and one other person were involved.”
Mr Brown said: ‘It’s 2021 today – and this case hasn’t gone away and we know your DNA – part of the mixed DNA – is on the handle of his bag.
“Are you going to tell us who your friends were on the balcony in case they could give you an alibi today?” “
Young replied, “I couldn’t even remember what I was wearing, how can I tell for sure who was on the balcony?”
Asked how his DNA ended up in the victim’s bag, the accused said there had been numerous thefts in the area where he was living at the time.
Mr Brown said: ‘Do you want us to consider that somehow you came into contact with a thief and your thief carried your DNA to steal Ms Lockert and put your DNA in a somehow on the handle? “
Young replied, “It’s a possibility.”
Mr. Brown continued, “Is it? So who was the thief who may have done it? “
The accused told jurors it “could be any number of people.”
The trial at the Old Bailey continues.