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A YARDLEY Wood woman accused of murdering her love rival told police that injuries to her hands were caused by cooking accidents – and not during a fatal fight.

A YARDLEY Wood woman accused of murdering her love rival told police that injuries to her hands were caused by cooking accidents – and not during a fatal fight.

Karla Biddle, 32, of Aldbury Road, is standing trial for the murder of 30-year-old Emma Bradshaw. The victim was stabbed at a house in Berkeley Road, Shirley. It was the home of Ashley Watson, 32, who had been in relationships with both women.

PC Karole Vickers told Warwick Crown Court ­that when he spoke to Biddle in the custody block of Solihull police station in May last year, her right middle finger was bandaged.

“I asked what she had done and she told me she had burnt it while cooking fish and chips,” he said. “She stated she had picked at the blister, making it bleed.

“The doctor saw there was a fresh cut to the underside of the right middle finger. I am a qualified first aider and I know the difference between a blister and a cut. She had a laceration.”

PC Vickers also said Biddle claimed a laceration of her left hand had been caused accidentally by a knife while cutting a ­bagel.

Biddle has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ms Bradshaw, of Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield.

Earlier in the trial Biddle claimed it was she who was attacked when Ms Bradshaw came towards her brandishing a knife.

In her police interview Biddle told officers that said that while she was in the hallway Ms Bradshaw had gone into the kitchen, returned with a knife and then came towards her with it.

She added that in the struggle which followed when she grabbed Ms Bradshaw’s arm, the knife had gone down and into the dressing gown she was wearing.

But forensic scientist Andrew Palmer said that Ms Bradshaw had started bleeding in the kitchen, not the hallway where Biddle said the confrontation took place.

The case is proceeding.

 

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