PCSO’s final moments with killer saw her heart rate ‘surge’ via Apple Watch

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A policewoman who was tragically killed in a horrific attack had her final moments captured by the heart rate monitor on her Apple Watch, a court has heard.

Julia James, 53, was walking her dog, Toby, when she was chased and hit on the head with a railway jack, jurors at Canterbury Crown Court were told yesterday (Tuesday, May 10).

Callum Wheeler, 22, from Aylesham in Kent, admits killing the off-duty police community support officer on April 27 but denies the charge of murder.

Canterbury Crown Court heard that Julia took her usual route from her back gate to a scenic spot she called Butterfly Corner in Ackholt Woods, Snowdown, Kent, at 2:12pm.

But shortly after she was subjected a brutal attack which saw her receive fatal blows with the metal heavy lifting equipment, after being knocked face-down on the ground with her hood pulled up.

Prosecutor Alison Morgan QC told the courtroom that her smart watch device, which tracks biometric data including her footsteps and heartrate, showed her at a "relatively stable" 97 beats per minute before the attack.

But the number shot up drastically to 145 beats per minute once the fatal assault began, she said.

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Ms Morgan described the 'launch' in heart rate as evidence of her attempt to escape, commenting: "That launch is something I will come back to as to where she was and details the escape she was doubtless trying to make at that moment.

"It was at that point that her heart rate surged."

She added that her watch recorded no movement after 2.35pm, with her last piece of heart rate data monitored at 2.43pm.

Julia’s blood was found on the tool and on Wheeler's trainers, the court heard, while his DNA was identified on her jacket and boots.

The trial continues.

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