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Bradford bouncer accused of baby murder ‘threatened to bury lover in woods’, court hears

Pub bouncer accused of beating her girlfriend’s baby to death ‘threatened to bury her lover in the woods for talking to a man’, court hears

  • Savannah Brockhill, 28, allegedly threatened her lover Frankie Smith, 20 
  • Both women are on trial accused of the murder of Smith’s daughter in 2020 
  • Star Hobson, 16 months old, died after ‘catastrophic’ injuries last September


A woman accused of beating her girlfriend’s baby to death threatened to ‘bury’ her partner in the woods for ‘speaking to a man in a pub’, a court has heard.

Pub bouncer Savannah Brockhill, 28, allegedly threatened her lover Frankie Smith, 20, after a man in a pub had spoken to Smith.

Both women are on trial accused of the murder of Smith’s 16-month-old daughter Star Hobson, who died after suffering ‘catastrophic’ abdominal injuries last September.

Giving evidence at Bradford Crown Court today Smith said that after visiting the father of her child, Brockhill had showed up at her mum’s house then bombarded her with ‘hundreds’ of calls and texts.

Smith told the jury: ‘I had over 200 messages and 100 missed calls from her.

Frankie Smith (left) and Savannah Brockhill (right) are both on trial for murder in Bradford

‘She sent me a video of her licking blood off a wall during the night.’

On another occasion, Smith said that after a fleeting chat with a man in a pub, Brockhill had grabbed her arm and called her a ‘whore’ while locking her in a bathroom cubicle.

Smith said: ‘She had hold of my arm and led me into the toilets, put me in a cubicle and locked it.

‘She was shouting at me, calling me a whore. She said it wasn’t right to talk to a man.’

Later that night, Smith said Brockhill had punched her at the pub, adding that on their drive home, she’d told the young mum she was going to drive them both ‘off a cliff’.

Smith said: ‘She told me to shut up and to stop crying, and she was backhanding me.’

‘She said because I was crying, she was ‘going to give me something to cry about’.

‘She didn’t take me straight to her house, she took us to a wooded area at the end of her street.’

Star Hobson died at 16 months old after suggering 'catastrophic' abdominal injuries

Star Hobson died at 16 months old after suggering ‘catastrophic’ abdominal injuries

‘She said she was going to drive us off a cliff there.

‘Then she got hold of my neck and told me she was going to bury me in the woods.’

When the pair finally reached their home, she said Brockhill had then assaulted her, leaving her with visible bruising.

Smith said: ‘She gave me a few kicks on my legs and slaps on my arms.

‘I had bruises on my arms and legs, visible bruises.’

The court had previously heard how Brockhill called herself ‘number one psycho’ and had threatened to ‘kneecap’ anyone who looked at Smith ‘in the wrong way’.

Prosecutors said the ‘unsurvivable’ blunt force trauma injury that killed tiny Star could only have been caused by Brockhill or Smith immediately before her death.

Representing Smith, her barrister Zafar Ali QC, said: ‘Smith’s case is she wasn’t even in the living room when the injuries were inflicted.

‘This was a sudden, solo attack by Brockhill while she was not in the room. She knew nothing about the attack until afterwards.’

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