Murder trial told woman had stabbed other people
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.