In­stinct kicked in when he grabbed my pony­tail


Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By ROD MAL­COLM news­desk@not­ting­ham­

AN ac­cused woman stabbed her boyfriend to make him let go of her pony­tail, a mur­der trial heard.

Their squab­ble be­gan when Demi Har­ris, 21, told him to keep on his boxer shorts in a hot tub with other women nearby at a party.

She was briefly dragged fully clothed into the tub and re­sponded by throw­ing chem­i­cal into the wa­ter and turn­ing off the elec­tric­ity sup­ply at their home in Strath­more Close, Huck­nall.

This an­noyed Christo­pher Pear­son, 39, who fol­lowed her into the semi-de­tached house, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

He suf­fered stab wounds and died in hospi­tal on Fe­bru­ary 15.

When de­tained, Har­ris told po­lice that he grabbed her hair dur­ing an ar­gu­ment on an­other night.

On that oc­ca­sion, she bit him and he let go as he dragged her to the floor.

On the night he was stabbed, he held her by the pony­tail, said Har­ris, who de­nies mur­der. She told po­lice: “I think my in­stinct kicked in.” Har­ris said she was car­ry­ing a carv­ing knife and wanted Mr Pear­son to stop hold­ing her hair.

She said she thought: “If I just prick him, he will get off, just like when I bit him.

“That was my in­ten­tion – just a prick to give him a bit of a shock. I was say­ing ‘get off me.’”

She de­scribed the move­ment of the knife as “a quick down” and a po­lice of­fi­cer asked: “A jab, then?”

Har­ris went on: “A jab, yeah. I felt him re­lease a lit­tle bit.

“He was say­ing ‘ow.’ I thought it was just be­cause I pricked him. He was go­ing ‘silly lit­tle cow, I will show you to do that to me.’ He said he would ‘do me black and blue.’

“Then he let me go and stum­bled back. I heard him go ‘you have got me.’ He puts his hand on the wall, I saw blood.

“Ob­vi­ously. I am pan­ick­ing. I shouted down­stairs for help.

“I am apol­o­gis­ing to him. I didn’t mean to do it. He is say­ing ‘just come here.’”

When other party guests ar­rived up­stairs, she claimed to have heard them say: “Get her.”

She added: “I said. ‘is he all right?’ They said. ‘no, he is not all right.’ I was sorry, I didn’t mean it to hap­pen.”

The trial con­tin­ues.

Demi Har­ris ar­riv­ing at Nottingham Crown Court

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