Carpet stank of fish, Kissel murder trial told

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 January, 2011, 12:00am

A Parkview staff member who helped remove a carpet from the home of Nancy Kissel said he had noticed the 'smell of salted fish', a court heard yesterday.

Floor supervisor Chow Yiu-kwong was testifying in the Court of First Instance, where Kissel, 46, is facing a retrial for the murder of her husband Robert, 40, on or about November 2, 2003.

The court heard Nancy Kissel bashed Robert Kissel's head, placed his body in a sleeping bag and carpet, and had workmen remove it to a storeroom at the Parkview complex.

Chow said he went to the Kissel home in response to a request on November 5, 2003, and removed a carpet, which was rolled up, and other items to a storeroom.

He said he had noticed something unusual about the carpet as he was trying to lift it. 'I noticed a smell of salted fish,' he said, elaborating that it was 'stinky'. It took four men to remove it, using two trolleys.

'Initially I tried to lift up the carpet but I was not able to do so. It was extremely heavy, heavier than a normal carpet,' he said.

Kissel has pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter, which the prosecution does not accept.

Her husband allegedly drank a milkshake prepared by Nancy Kissel. A post-mortem found six drugs in his body, including four that had been prescribed to Nancy Kissel, David Perry, QC, for the prosecution previously told the court.

Also yesterday, Suzara Serquina, a saleswoman with furniture store Tequila Kola, said that when Kissel visited on November 3, 2003, she seemed 'over the top' and her voice was 'a little bit loud'.

She said Kissel commented to another staff member that the shop looked nice. 'We looked at each other,' Serquina said, referring to her colleague. 'Because it's like, a little bit loud. She always comes and it's not like it's her first time to visit us.'

Kissel wore sunglasses indoors, and had a bandage on her left hand, Serquina said. That day and the next, Kissel bought a bed cover, a chaise longue, cushions and three carpets for HK$40,000. The trial continues before Mr Justice Andrew Macrae.