This is the moment a man accused of murdering his ex-partner appears to “confess” to killing her in a 999 call in court.
Darren Osment is currently on trial for the murder of mother-of-four Claire Holland, who has been “missing” for more than a decade and has not been traced since she left a pub in Bristol.
Prosecutors told jurors that Osment, the father of one of her children, murdered Claire and confessed multiple times that he did so because her child was taken into care. She was 32 at the time and had said she had planned to meet Osment on the night of June 6, 2012, after drinking at the Seamus O’Donnell pub.
Despite a series of high-profile appeals and campaigns over the years, no trace of her has ever been found.
Jurors heard Osment, 41, had “confessed” several times over the years to “exonerate himself” as he struggled to live with his “horrific” actions.
The defendant, who denied murder, told police that all confessions were due to the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Claire Holland has been “missing” for more than a decade, with no trace of her, since she left a pub in Bristol at around 11.15pm on June 6, 2012
Bodycam footage of Darren Osment being arrested by police for the murder of Claire Holland
Body-worn footage of his arrest, which has now also been released by police after being shown to jurors
This video surveillance shows the mother of four’s final moments before she disappeared without a trace more than a decade ago
In an apparent confession, he said he strangled her because “no shit, no stupid bastard is going to keep me away from my boy.”
Bristol Crown Court was today played a 911 call to police made by Osment in July 2019 in which he told officers he wanted to “turn himself in” at Exeter police station for murder.
He tells them, ‘I’ve had enough of this now.’ I just want the monkey off my back.’
In the call, released by Avon and Somerset Police after it was played to jurors, he tells them he “sort of” murdered his ex, adding: “I know what happened.”
“I just want to get rid of this,” he said. “I feel really bad. I’ve had it on my head for years and now.’
He added: “I basically arranged it, didn’t I?”
He then tells the handler, “I took the law into my own hands, and you know she took my son away from me, so I took that from her.”
Asked what he took from her, Osment added: “Her f***ing life, actually.” I’m not proud of it, my kid still asks about mother’s days and things like that. Like when I was younger, right? I was young and angry.’
In body-worn footage of his arrest, now also released by police after being shown to jurors, he can be heard saying: “I didn’t do it. But I arranged it.”
In the footage, he can be heard saying: ‘I didn’t do it.’ But I had arranged it’
While he volunteered to have his hands cuffed, he told police, “It’s up to my neck.”
Claire was 32 at the time and had said she had planned to meet Osment after drinking at the Seamus O’Donnell pub on the night of June 6, 2012 – CCTV of her final movements
While he volunteered to have his hands cuffed, he told the police, “It’s up to my neck.” I was tired of ducking and diving and looking over my shoulder and everything else .
‘I’ve had enough. I just wanna get it, whatever’s done is done. I can’t turn back the clock. I want to get it under control. I had them killed… I gave someone some money and they let them do it.’
He later claimed in a police interview that he did not remember calling or speaking to them when they arrived because he was “too drunk”.
Osment was released under investigation, but police later launched an undercover operation to hire an officer named “Paddy O’Hara” to befriend him and build trust.
It took 20 months and produced 1200 hours of recorded footage.
On one occasion the jury heard Osment admit to “Paddy” that he had “done terrible shit” and couldn’t turn back the clock because “what’s done is done”.
Prosecutor Andrew Langdon KC said he also pointed out that Claire had had a “bloody lovely swimming lesson” as he spat on the ground towards the sea and then struggled not to vomit, mentioning that her body was “on “halfway” is Spain’.
In a police statement, the defendant said that all confessions were due to the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
The family have described Claire as “always smiling”, lively and friendly – CCTV of her final moments
The prosecutor told the jury: “Her disappearance that night is not a dark coincidence.” As he later confessed several times, he met her, killed her and disposed of her body, either alone or with the help of others – he should have, given the risk, that they had entered into, they would undoubtedly have to pay for it.”
While he was in custody awaiting trial, the court heard he had made another apparent confession – this time to a fellow inmate.
In a police statement, the defendant said that all confessions were due to the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
He told police: “I am an alcoholic and I reiterate that any comments I have made in this matter against my innocence are completely untrue and were only made under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.”
“Understandably, and although I am completely innocent, I have been under significant pressure as a result of this investigation. This caused my mental health to deteriorate significantly and left me extremely isolated.
“I really hope the police can find answers to Claire’s disappearance. ‘I wasn’t involved at all.’
The family described Claire as “always smiling”, lively and friendly.
They said there was so much going on in her life that she was looking forward to.
Osment denies murder.
The process continues.