Tarot card reader kept murderer talking for an hour while waiting for police after dealing him death card
Published 27/05/2016 | 07:28
When tarot card reader Jayne Braiden usually turns over the more sinister cards, she can sense her customers’ fear and dread.
But after one client was dealt the blasted tower, emperor card and devil card, she watched as he broke down in tears and confessed to stabbing his housemate to death.
Miss Braiden, 56, had been giving a reading to Star Randel-Hanson at her shop in Brighton when he revealed the crime.
And despite calling 999 for help, she was told it was not an emergency by an operator who thought the call was a hoax.
Mr Randel-Hanson, 56, met Mr Marney at the Brotherhood Gate spiritualist church in Brighton in 2013 and moved in together and shared a bed, but were not a couple or lovers, a court heard.
Randel-Hanson said Mr Marney made unwelcome sexual advances and sexually abused him on three occasions and at the end of April last year, Mr Marney was stabbed while the pair were arguing.
He left Marney’s body on his kitchen floor for 10 days before walking into JJ Tarot where he asked for a double psychic reading.
After Miss Braiden explained the meaning of the cards Mr Randel-Hanson had chosen, she said he broke down and started crying.
She said: "The devil card means obviously something awful.
"He broke down and I said to him: 'Look I can see here that this is not good, you need to tell me everything, let's talk'.
"He said: 'It's terrible, I killed him'. He told me that he killed him but he did not mean to and it was awful."
Miss Braiden said she calmly told the murderer that she would have to tell police and asked him if he would mind, before stepping out of her shop to call 999 at 3.42pm.
But police didn’t arrive until nearly an hour later after the call handler downgraded the call to a non-emergency.
Miss Braiden said officers later said they first believed it was a hoax when she contacted them.
She added: “The call handler told me it would take up to 55 minutes. I said I cannot hold him here.
“I think I thought they would be here in a maximum of 15 minutes.
"Then I came back and asked him if he wanted a drink. So I went to the shop next door and said: 'Don't ask, but can I please have a bottle of water.'
"I did not raise the alarm to anyone else [on the seafront] because they would have panicked, so I did not say anything to anyone. It would have made the situation worse.
"I gave him the water and then we sat chatting. I closed the top door. I had my truncheon, given to me by a trusty police officer, and a screamer alarm."
While they waited, Mr Randel-Hanson and Miss Braiden laughed about how long the police were taking to respond and she took notes as he discussed his relationships with his housemate and other aspects of his life.
After two officers arrested Mr Randel-Hanson, police when to his flat and found Mr Marney’s body slumped against a radiator, an eight inch knife next to him.
Miss Braiden said she did not feel threatened by the murderer and felt it was her ‘duty’ to keep him there until police arrived.
After a two-week trial at Croydon Crown Court, Mr Randel-Hanson was jailed for life with a minimum of 15 years after being convicted of murder after a two-week trial.