A British teenager called the U.K. equivalent of 911 in an attempt to escape her kidnapper minutes before being raped and murdered and her body dumped at a roadside, a jury heard Tuesday.
Hannah Foster, 17, dialed the emergency services in the hope that the operator would be able to hear the nature of her conversation with Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, a man said to have snatched her off a Southampton street as she walked home in 2003.
However, Winchester Crown Court was told, the operator could not hear what was being said and Hannah could not speak directly to the emergency services. As a result the police system automatically disconnected the call, a response intended to prevent the service becoming clogged with accidental calls from cell phones.
Prosecutor Nicholas Haggan said that the emergency call recording showed that it was made from a car and the driver of that vehicle heard speaking was Kohli, a sandwich delivery driver. Hannah’s body was found a few days later on the roadside near the city. Her clothes were inside out and her bra strap undone.
Haggan added that DNA later taken from Kohli matched semen found at the crime scene.
“At 11 p.m. that evening, Hannah managed to use her mobile phone to contact the emergency services. She was able to dial 999,” Haggan said. “She was unable to speak to the operator. It’s quite obvious from the recording that she was in a moving vehicle. In that vehicle with her was a man. That man was speaking to her in a heavily accented voice.”