A MUM accused of murdering her two daughters to clear the way for lucrative sex work acted like “she’d lost a goldfish” in the days after their deaths, a court has heard.
Louise Porton, 23, allegedly said she didn’t care what happened to the belongings of three-year old Lexi Draper and 17-month-old Scarlett Vaughan.
Louise Porton is accused of murdering her two children last year[/caption]
Scarlett Vaughan (left) and Lexi Draper (right) were allegedly killed by their mum[/caption]
Prosecutors claim Louise murdered them so she could start a career in sex work.
Speaking at Birmingham Crown Court, housing officer Suzanne Lee told how Louise appeared “emotionless” after the second tot died.
She said: “Having just been through the traumatic time that had taken place – myself being a parent and an officer in housing – it just felt emotionless giving the occasion that had just taken place.”
Lee then asked Louise what she wanted to happen to their belongings – but was stunned when the mum said she didn’t mind what happened to them.
MUM ‘SEEMED EMOTIONLESS’
She added: “She (Porton) yawned and said ‘I don’t mind’. I was quite gobsmacked at the reaction.
“She’s a very difficult character to describe.”
She said that Porton showed “no emotion” and described it as “like someone had lost their goldfish”.
It comes after jurors heard a friend claim Porton “would do whatever she could” to not be around her kids.
The court was told last week the girls became a “burden” to her and “got in the way of her doing what she wanted” – which included offering to meet men for sex in exchange for money.
‘DIDN’T CARE WHAT HAPPENED TO TODDLER’S THINGS’
On one occasion while in hospital with Lexi, she allegedly discussed sending explicit images to a man in return for cash.
The court also heard Porton had messaged several males asking for them to put money into bank account in exchange for sexual images and offers of sex.
Reading out WhatsApp messages between Porton and users called “Jas” and “Jazz” prior to Lexi’s death, Oliver Saxby, QC, Prosecuting, said: “She sent sexual images and her sort code.”
He told jurors at Birmingham Crown Court: “At times, her two children got in the way of her doing what she wanted, when she wanted and with whom she wanted.
“Putting it simply, and I hope neutrally, this wasn’t a life in which caring for her two young children – indeed, having two young children to care for – always easily fitted.”
The part-time model earned cash meeting men over the the web and by sending explicit pictures and video, jurors heard.
Jurors were read web exchanges between Porton and her online clients in the weeks before Lexi and Scarlett’s deaths.
Mr Saxby said she told one customer how “they can have sex despite being in a shared room with both children present if they’re quiet”.
In an exchange with her sister, Porton allegedly claimed she had sex in a van with man called “simple Simon” as her children slept. Her sister replied: “WTF Louise”.
Mr Saxby said: “Put aside what you think about what she’s doing. It is the context in which she’s doing it which is of relevance to this case.”
Lexi was found dead on January 15, 2018, at Porton’s home in Rugby, Warks – Porton allegedly “deliberately obstructed” her daughter’s airway.
She allegedly performed internet searches the day before the tragic find, asking “for how long after drowning can someone be resuscitated?”.
The mum was allegedly seen “laughing and joking” following Lexi’s death and “unnaturally detached”.
The court heard she is accused of strangling Scarlett on February 1 last year, having called 111 to report that her daughter was unresponsive with flu.
Jurors were told that experts could find no natural cause of death.
Former landlady Leigh-Anne Bradley told police that she would often look after Porton’s children, who had two different fathers, sometimes for the “whole day”.
MOST READ IN NEWS
She told detectives: “It was very rare that Louise would ever have the children.”
Porton broke down in the dock as recordings of emergency service calls were played in court.
She denies two counts of murder.
The trial continues.
One friend claimed that Porton ‘would do whatever she could’ not to have her daughters around[/caption]
The youngsters were allegedly killed within 18 days of each other[/caption]
The block of flats in Rugby where the children were allegedly killed[/caption]
We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at email@example.com or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.