Mur­der trial told woman had stabbed other peo­ple

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AGLOUCESTER woman ac­cused of mur­der­ing her boyfriend told some­one she had stabbed oth­ers in the past, a court was told.

Dee Lawrence, 32, is al­leged to have fa­tally knifed Jack De­lany, 25, in her flat in Co­lum­bia Close, King­sholm, shortly be­fore 11pm on April 15.

The jury at Bris­tol Crown Court heard that Lawrence’s neigh­bour, Sally Os­borne, feared De­lany would “end up killing” Lawrence through “al­most daily” do­mes­tic abuse.

Miss Os­borne also spoke of hear­ing “hor­rific” and “bru­tal” fight­ing in the flat on the day De­lany was knifed, in­clud­ing what sounded like “a head be­ing banged on the floor”.

And Craig Phillips, a friend of Mr De­lany, claimed Lawrence told him shortly af­ter the stab­bing that she was scared she would go to prison be­cause she had “stabbed peo­ple in the past”.

Lawrence ini­tially sug­gested to po­lice her part­ner was at­tacked by a man known as Tiger, but later changed her state­ment to say she stabbed Mr De­lany in self-de­fence.

The jury was shown footage of po­lice in­ter­view­ing Mr Phillips, 46, about the stab­bing.

He said to of­fi­cers that Lawrence started drink­ing from a bot­tle of wine and laugh­ing af­ter plung­ing an 8in blade into Mr De­lany’s stom­ach.

Mr Phillips gave a de­tailed ac­count of the day of the in­ci­dent, which he says he largely spent with Lawrence and Mr De­lany.

He said the group drank wine, sherry and cider through­out the day, go­ing to a Tesco store on four oc­ca­sions to steal al­co­hol.

Mr Phillips claimed Lawrence and Mr De­lany had an ar­gu­ment about “drink­ing money” that af­ter­noon.

He said: “She was say­ing he spent all her money on crack.”

Mr De­lany then left with Mr Phillips and started “get­ting emo­tional” about his guilt over smok­ing crack co­caine, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

He said the pair then re­turned to the flat, with an­other friend called Daniel Croft also present.

The group car­ried on drink­ing be­fore Lawrence picked up some­thing and stabbed Mr De­lany with it, Mr Phillips con­tin­ued.

The sec­tion of his state­ment cov­er­ing Lawrence’s 999 call and the ar­rival of the emer­gency ser­vices was then played, hav­ing also been read on Thurs­day by pros­e­cu­tor Christo­pher Quin­lan QC.

The jury then heard Mr Phillips’ ac­count of his jour­ney to cus­tody with Lawrence, af­ter both were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of at­tempted mur­der.

He claimed Lawrence told him “blame it on Tiger” and “I will go to prison as I have stabbed peo­ple in the past”.

The in­ter­view footage also shows an emo­tional Mr Phillips say­ing: “Jack was my good friend.

“Tak­ing a life? I couldn’t have that on my con­science.

“He was 25 years old. He was a baby. We had done so much to­gether.”

Footage was then played of Miss Os­borne be­ing in­ter­viewed by po­lice.

She said fight­ing in Lawrence’s flat started at 10am on the day of the in­ci­dent, adding: “It sounded quite bru­tal. The fe­male was scream­ing. It was as if some­one’s head was be­ing banged against the floor.

“I thought enough is enough and phoned 999. Be­cause of fear of the male, whom I have seen be vi­o­lent be­fore, I didn’t want to leave my flat.”

Miss Os­borne iden­ti­fied the fe­male voice as Lawrence’s and the male voice as that of her boyfriend.

There was “loads of bang­ing and com­mo­tion” in the flat at about 10.40pm, she con­tin­ued.

“The whole place shook,” she said. “It sounded like peo­ple rolling on the ground and hit­ting on the floor.”

Miss Os­borne said she heard a cry­ing man, say­ing: “Please, please some­body help.”

She added that a fe­male voice then said “just give him more” and “just get rid of him”.

The trial con­tin­ues.

Jack De­lany

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